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New Roma defender Heinze reveals his Italian connection

Gabriel Heinze has arrived at AS Roma boasting a deep Italian connection.

Former Marseille defender Heinze effectively replaces Philippe Mexes, who has joined AC Milan, and could partner fellow Argentine Nicolas Burdisso.

"I can play at centre-back or full-back, so it's up to the Coach to decide. A partnership with Burdisso would be fun.

"I was born in Argentina to a German father and Sicilian mother. She was from the town of Troina."

Heinze has chosen shirt number 5 for Roma this season.

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