NEWS
Friday August 31 2018
Garcia feels Rome derby atmosphere

Olympique Marseille Coach Rudi Garcia feels it is “wonderful” to face Lazio again in the Europa League after his years at Roma.

It’s like a Derby della Capitale for the tactician after his side was drawn in the same group as Lazio, Eintracht Frankfurt and Apollon Limassol.

“It’s wonderful to return to Rome and face Lazio with a different club,” said Garcia in his Press conference.

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Friday August 31 2018
Lazio Europa League fixtures

Lazio open and close their Europa League group stage at the Olimpico against Apollon Limassol and Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Aquile were placed in Group H along with Olympique Marseille, Eintracht Frankfurt and Apollon Limassol.

Clashes with ex-Roma figures Kevin Strootman and Rudi Garcia at Olympique Marseille are in France on October 25 and in Rome on November 8.

Matchday 1

Sep 20

Lazio-Apollon Limassol

Marseille-Eintracht Frankfurt

Matchday 2

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Friday August 31 2018
Roma building for whose future?

Eusebio Di Francesco’s new and youthful Roma begins to take shape, writes Nick Valerio, but how long will the bright young things remain?

When former Roma boss Luciano Spalletti made his move for fan favourite Radja Nainggolan in the close season, few expected the Giallorossi to entertain Inter’s advances for their star midfielder.

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NEWS
Tuesday August 28 2018
Strootman: ‘Roma a family to me’

Kevin Strootman thanks Roma after completing his move to Marseille - “you’ve been like family to me”.

The Dutch midfielder spent five seasons with the Giallorossi, who stood by him when he missed the best part of two years with a series of knee injuries.

Today he completed a €28m move to OM, and he took to Twitter to thank his former club.

“Five years ago I came to Rome and I immediately fell in love with this beautiful city and club,” Strootman wrote.

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NEWS
Tuesday August 28 2018
Marseille in for Kean too

After completing the signing of Kevin Strootman from Roma, Marseille are reportedly interested in Juventus striker Moise Kean too.

The French club completed the signing of Strootman this afternoon, paying €25m plus a potential €3m in bonuses.

In addition, Gianluca Di Marzio’s website reports that Coach Rudi Garcia has asked for Kean, who spent last season on loan at Verona.

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Tuesday August 28 2018
Strootman: ‘Time right to leave Roma’

New Marseille signing Kevin Strootman says “it was right to leave” Roma, but insists he didn’t move because of Steven Nzonzi’s signing.

The Dutch midfielder today completed a €28m move to Ligue 1, linking up with former Giallorossi Coach Rudi Garcia.

“It’s a great club and a great challenge,” Strootman said at his Press conference.

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Tuesday August 28 2018
Official: Marseille sign Strootman

Marseille have officially confirmed the signing of Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman for €25m plus €3m in bonuses.

The Giallorossi accepted a bid for the Dutch international over the weekend, and he flew to France yesterday for his medical.

This afternoon the Ligue 1 side have confirmed his signing on their official website.

“Holland, Italy and now France for his new challenge with OM,” the statement begins.

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NEWS
Monday August 27 2018
Monchi: 'Nobody forced Strootman out'

Roma director of sport Monchi assured Kevin Strootman’s sale to Olympique Marseille was “a decision we all made together. Nobody held a gun to his head.”

Tonight’s game with Atalanta kicks off at 19.30 UK time (18.30 GMT), click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

Strootman is already in France to complete his transfer to Olympique Marseille, for €25m plus €3m in bonuses.

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Monday August 27 2018
Strootman flies out for Marseille

Kevin Strootman has arrived at Ciampino airport, as he prepares to complete his move from Roma to Marseille.

The Giallorossi have accepted a bid from the Ligue 1 side for the midfielder, believed to be in the region of €28-30m once bonuses are included.

Despite reportedly telling friends that he was being forced out, Strootman is expected in France for a medical today.

Now the Dutchman has been spotted arriving at Ciampino airport for his flight to Marseille, passing reporters without offering any comment.

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Monday August 27 2018
Benatia: ‘Strootman spoke of Marseille’

Juventus defender Medhi Benatia confirms he spoke to Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman about Marseille - “I told him what was waiting for him”.

The Dutchman is ready to move to Stade Velodrome for a fee in excess of €25m, with L’Équipe reporting that OM will pay €25m plus €5m in bonuses.

The newspaper spoke to a former teammate of Strootman’s about the move, and the Bianconeri defender reveals he offered advice to the Roma man.

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