A little more on the new boy
Posted by nickogs20 on June 13, 2008
A bit more info on our new young Italian…
~ Davide is 16 years old and will turn 17 in October.
~ He comes from the San Basilio suburb of Rome.
~ He top-scored for Roma’s youth side last season with 14 goals in 17 games, and was expected by some to push on towards the first team next season.
~ Davide is widely considered to be an attacking midfielder or support striker rather than an out and out forward (what the Italians call a trequartista), which paints his goalscoring record in an even more impressive light.
~ He has been a regular in the Italian Under-17 setup over the last 12 months, and has been described as the finest talent in his age group in Italy.
~ Petrucci’s departure from Roma has been sorely felt by the Giallorossi. “It is a nightmare,” said Il Romanista, a Roma-focused newspaper. “Manchester United have dealt us another low blow, stealing Petrucci from under our noses, probably the best product of our youth system. In three to four years, he will be worth 100 times as much.”
~ Speaking about the move, Davide said “Going to play for the strongest club in the world in United is a great opportunity for me. It was hard to say no, even though I am a Roma fan and would gladly have stayed with them throughout my career.”
~ It’s a somewhat controversial transfer, and the teenager has been keen to put across his side of things. “A month ago Roma offered me a contract at the minimum rate, without clarifying whether it would be for three or five years,” he said. “I asked for a bit of time to think about it, Man Utd had already made their proposal, but Roma only gave me three days and left me out of the squad. To a certain extent they closed the door on me while Man Utd opened a big door.”
~ The youngster has also revealed United have offered his father Stefano a job at the club as a gardener (probably meaning groundsman), and that he will move to Manchester on June 30th, ready to start with the United Academy the following day.