Riise: Villa's Carew convinced me about Roma

New Roma signing John Arne Riise admits Aston Villa striker John Carew urged him to take the chance on moving to Italy's capital.

The former Liverpool fullback said: "I spoke to John and he said good things about the atmosphere.

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"I have only just arrived and I immediately feel at home. The city is very beautiful and the weather is splendid - it's even warm at nine o'clock in the morning."

Riise also remarked: "I wanted a new experience and to get to know a new type of football.

"I chose Roma because they are a great club with great fans and they won the Coppa Italia.

"I met the Coach and I will listen to him and try to give my best. The passion of Luciano Spalletti struck me and now I will try and learn Italian so that I can get to work.

"I'm the kind of player who gives everything he has for the team and I want to thank my new boss for wanting me here.

"Roma have experienced players. I know Ludovic Giuly from my time at Monaco where we played together and Francesco Totti is a phenomenon.

"Then there's Daniele De Rossi, who is one of the best midfielders in Europe and who is growing into a truly great player."

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