Zaniolo Builds Confidence Ahead Of New Season

AS Roma forward Nicolo Zaniola has insisted he's increasing in confidence day by day as he gets prepared for the new season.

Zaniolo suffered a long term injury that kept him the sidelines for months. 

And having returned to the field of play for Roma, the 22-year-old believes he's ready to do more for Jose Mourinho’s side this time around. 

“I’m fine. Day after day I’m increasingly confident in my means and let’s say that this will be the 25th day that I’m with the team after a very long period out,” he added.

“I’m fine, happy and content. We are a good group and I hope to make a big contribution to the team this year, because I need it and we need it.

“We are very happy and we must continue like this, the path is the right one and now [Real] Betis await us. We take one game at a time and we hope to win as much as possible. 

“It’s going very good. We always train with a smile and it’s a joy coming to the pitch,” Zaniolo continued. “I think it’s the most important thing during the pre-season. Always with the aim of being ready in August, for the first game of the championship." 

Zaniolo joined AS Roma in 2018 from Inter Milan in a loan deal that saw Radja Nainggolan moving the opposite way for €4.5 million, signing a five-year contract. 

The arrival of Mourinho who replaced departed Paulo Fonseca could make Roma a competitive side for the Scudetto this season when they play their first 2021-22 Serie A game against Fiorentina on August 22 at the Stadio Olimpico. 

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