Roma transfer chief Tiago Pinto met with the media today to discuss the team’s summer transfer campaign.
The Giallorossi welcome several notable additions including Romelu Lukaku, Renato Sanches, and Leandro Paredes—though, they still missed out on a few names including new Inter midfielder Davide Frattesi.
“From a technical point of view the team has improved,” began Pinto.
“Now we have more solutions. What we tried to do in this window is to improve the team’s technical level, the club’s financial situation and work towards the future while simultaneously respecting UEFA’s restrictions. It’s not easy.”
He was also asked to address his club future along with the situation of manager Jose Mourinho, whose contract with the club expires in June.
“Mourinho and I are equally motivated to go forward with the project at Roma. There’s no tension between the two of us. We speak the same language and we say what we think face-to-face.”
“Our mission is to get back to the Champions League. We’re not Manchester City, that’s obvious. Our reality is different and so are our transfers.”
As for the individuals who arrived at the club this summer, Pinto was clear he’s willing to take responsibility should any of the deals bear fruit on the pitch.
“I am willing to be praised or blasted based on how a player such as Renato Sanches ends up playing for us,” he admitted.
“He’s a player I adore. I already wanted him at Benfica. He has had injury problems in the past, if he has them in the future it will be my fault. If things go well we’re all happy, if they go badly I’m responsible because I’m aware of the risks. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to bring him here.”
He continued, “Then there’s someone like Davide Frattesi, who was one of our targets. Ultimately everyone makes their choices but I still love him.”
“As for Nemanja Matic, I have to admit I didn’t expect him to act the way he did, but I prefer not to talk about it. Fortunately we signed Paredes, a world champions, just a few days later.”