New Southampton striker: Roma fans drove me out
The out of favour striker finally completed his exit from the capital club on Sunday, signing for Premier League side Southampton in a deal worth €15.1 million plus bonuses.
“I couldn’t wait to leave Roma, I couldn’t take it anymore,” he stated on Monday.
“I left because I couldn’t take the atmosphere that I was living in. In Rome a part of the fans treated me very badly and I can’t understand why it went like this. I gave my all for the Roma shirt and I was treated badly by a group of the fans.
“In Rome too many people are affected by the radio and the newspapers. They targeted me, everything was my fault. However, the problems I had with Roma did not involve Italy or the national team.
“I love Italy because it is a country that took me in as a son and one that I found myself feeling great in. The same thing goes for the national team. I hope to find the serenity that I had lost as of late and to play my chances. I hold the Azzurri close to me.”
The 27-year-old then explained his decision to join Southampton despite reported interest from Tottenham and Inter.
“I wanted Southampton for three reasons: the first is that they are the club that showed the most interest in me,” he explained.
“Secondly, I am happy to be reunited with manager Mauricio Pochettino. He is a great coach and a fantastic motivator. He is a man that appreciated and respects my work, something that I have been missing in the past three years and I hope to repeat what I did during my time at Espanyol.
“Third: I am intrigued by the idea of playing in the Premier League. It has always been a dream of mine to play in this league. For someone who is coming from Spain and Italy, it is fantastic to see the respect there is for players in this country.
Osvaldo scored 16 goals in 29 appearances for Roma last season but was involved in controversy at the end of the season after openly criticizing caretaker coach Aurelio Andreazzoli after the club’s loss in the Coppa Italia final against rivals Lazio.
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