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Ex-Roma chief Sabatini hails Matic signing: I tried for him at Palermo

Former Roma transfers chief Walter Sabatini has hailed their swoop for Nemanja Matic.

The former Manchester United midfielder signed for Roma last week.

Sabatini told Tuttosport: "He will make another qualitative leap, (Jose) Mourinho has already achieved an exceptional work for the club: he has transformed the victory from possibility to necessity. They must not lose Abraham, then they will be able to grow further: Roma have embarked on a very positive path.

"I ran after him (Matic) like a desperate man ... But I had the bad luck, so to speak, of being a manager of Palermo.

"The agent, at the time a young boy, denied it to me with great pain: he has personality, charisma, precision in the transmission of the ball, I hope he is physically fit because a few years have passed for him too."

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