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Name Gianluca Petrachi
Gender Male
Ethnic xxxx
Job AS Roma sporting director
Desc xxxx


Org xxxx National Team
Club as Coach AS Roma [sporting director]

2019 08 15 Retrieve

[AS Roma have confirmed they have tied down Cengiz Under to new long-term contracts] We really wanted to complete this renewal, because we all see the talent Cengiz has. We are certain that over the coming years he will make a huge contribution to the quality of the team, realising his great potential here in Rome – the perfect place for him to continue to improve

2019 08 20 Retrieve

[Roma’s sporting director Gianluca Petrachi on Federico Fazio] Federico is a key player within our squad, and because of that we are delighted to be able to extend his contract. We will be relying on his ability and his experience, qualities which will also be hugely important in the growth and development of our younger players. Federico will be a mentor for our defence and for our lads

2019 09 10 Retrieve

[Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi claims Mkhitaryan has given up lots of money in swapping Emirates Stadium for Stadio Olimpico] The idea was to invest in important young people. In situations where we found ourselves at the end of the market, we made investments in young people or operations like those for Micky. He is a top player with very high costs, the boy has given up on lots of money to come to Rome. Time will tell if we have the chance to keep players like that

2020 01 30 Retrieve

[Gianluca Petrachi admits permanent Smalling deal with Man Utd but will let on-loan defender decide] There is a chance. The player will choose what to do. If he really wishes, we will be happy to have him with us permanently. We are very happy with Smalling and he knows it. With Manchester United, the relationship is excellent, we have an excellent feeling with the club

The boy is charismatic. He loves Rome and the Italian lifestyle. Smalling finds himself very peaceful in Rome, lives comfortably and has returned to great levels. He follows an Italian course to improve his grasp of the language. This made me very happy because it shows that the boy is intelligent. Technically he is very strong. I think it is fundamental for a sporting director to understand how some players can do well. I thought this move could work and I’m happy that the results prove me right

[Petrachi played a leading role in identifying Smalling as a top target for AS Roma in the summer of 2019] My characteristic has always been to choose guys with determination and desire to do well. Smalling wanted to demonstrate his strength. My goal is to make people play better and create harmony around them. He needed that. I was looking for an aggressive central defender to support a young man like Gianluca Mancini. Smalling was perfect for my football idea to help Mancini to grow rapidly. Smalling is a serious and professional guy, a good person