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Vitale: Strootman and Man Utd; Liverpool rival Chelsea for Rudiger; Spalletti Juventus smoke

Kevin Strootman to Manchester United? It's no surprise Jose Mourinho wants the Roma midfielder.

Strootman was very close to United before his first knee injury, when Louis van Gaal was the manager. Then, he swore loyalty to Roma after a long lay off, caused by a poorly performed surgery.

Roma will sell 100% one or two top players (probably Kostas Manolas and Leandro Paredes) this summer, but Strootman should stay, especially as he feels indebted to the club and fans, who have waited for him for a long time.

Roma fans love Strootman, firstly because he is freakishly strong, secondly because on the field he struggles for three.

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So, what about Luciano Spalletti and those Juventus rumours? Spalletti has said on multiple occasions: "I will stay with Roma only if I win" and he's confirming this version every week.

He won't change his mind and this could be a problem for Roma, because the club can't wait until the end of the season to organise their future. He hasn't signed anything with Juventus yet, but Beppe Marotta, Juve's general manager, likes Spalletti a lot and probably they have spoken.

Fans are waiting anxiously, because he's an idol in Rome. I think the fact he hasn't renewed his contract is suspect. In the last days there has been a strange back-and-forth between president James Pallotta and Spalletti. The last time this happened in Rome, was with Rudi Garcia and we know the story there!


Keita Balde Diao will leave Lazio, without a doubt. He is not playing many games and the reason is his contract, which he is not going to renew.

Inter Milan wants him, but many clubs in England are keen on him too. He is very suitable for English football, because Keita is technical, fast and he is very clinical. Moreover, he plays well against a high defensive line.

He could be suitable for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and Antonio Conte's Chelsea.


Those Chelsea rumours for Antonio Rudiger are being raised again.

Like Kevin Strootman, Rudiger was very close to leaving the club before an injury last summer. Antonio Conte's Chelsea had almost bought him, then he had his knee injury. He hasn't ruled out the possibility of quitting the team in the future, but Roma fans hope that Pallotta will sell only one top centre-back.

Manolas hasn't yet renewed his contract (and he won't), so Roma fans hope that only Manolas will leave the club. Conte likes him a lot, but the German centre-back is on Liverpool and PSG's radar too. He's young and strong, so he could improve even more.

As for the racist abuse: Roma fans raised a wall around him. Lazio fans have been awkward and shameful. Racism is a cancer, but apparently for Carlo Tavecchio, of FIGC, and Italian football it isn't a problem...


Juventus deserved their victory on Friday night.

Juve were stronger than AC Milan and on the field were better, they played better. They deserved the victory, let's be clear (24 attempts against 6), but Gianluigi Donnarumma was unbelievable and if it wasn't for that wrong decision from the referee, the match would have ended in a draw.

And that's a pity for the credibility of the league. Yes, Juventus has been favoured by the referee, unfortunately it wasn't the first time and it won't be the last. Italian referees are making too many mistakes and Serie A's ranking will be hurt by these errors.

Matteo Vitale
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