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Gianluca Petrachi exclusive: Roma should've dealt with Karsdorp in-house; Mino my great Torino disappointment

Former AS Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi says management should've kept the blow-up with Rick Karsdorp in-house.

The Giallorossi are actively seeking a new club for the Holland fullback after a very public dressing down by coach Jose Mourinho before Serie A's World Cup break-up.

Mourinho has since been criticised by Karsdorp's camp for his actions, with the player refusing to take part in a short tour of Japan in December. While he has since returned to training, Karsdorp's future lies beyond Roma.

Quizzed about the incident, Petrachi told “Regarding the Karsdorp situation you need to be inside the club to give a correct opinion about it.

"I don't want to give here sentences but my only thoughts about it is that this kind of situation you need to solve it inside the team and club.

"Maybe some things could have been done differently, but I still repeat that I am not the person to give sentences about it."

Meanwhile, Petrachi says he's followed the success of Lazio ace Ciro Immobile with great pride. Petrachi signed the Euro 2020 winner when in charge of Torino.

He continued: "I can say that I have been lucky with the strikers I have bought, for example (Jose) Castillo at Pisa, Immobile at Torino. Ciro Immobile has been the player who has surprised me the most, he improved year after year."

As for one who left him frustrated, Petrachi was quick to nominate Juan Sanchez Mino. Now 33 and playing for Colon, Mino was snapped up by Torino as a young player with Boca Juniors. For Petrachi, Mino had all the ability to be a world-beater.

He said: "Maybe the player who has disappointed me most is a player I bought for Torino who is called Sanchez Mino. I believed in him a lot. He had everything to become a top player.

"But he couldn't handle the pressure of playing in Italy and so I sold him back to Argentina.

"Mino had a lot of great qualities but his main problem was his fragility and this affected him a lot in his career."

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