Martinez: ‘Roma need Vermaelen’

Roberto Martinez expects Thomas Vermaelen 'to be an important player' for Roma, after injury woes have severely limited his playing time.

After having declared that Serie A is an ideal league to help his players develop, the Coach went on to praise the work being done at Lazio with 22-year-old Jordan Lukaku.

"I expect a lot from the good work that Simone Inzaghi is doing with Lukaku, the Spaniard continued in an interview with Corriere dello Sport.

Roberto Martinez expects Thomas Vermaelen 'to be an important player' for Roma, after injury woes have severely limited his playing time.

After having declared that Serie A is an ideal league to help his players develop, the Coach went on to praise the work being done at Lazio with 22-year-old Jordan Lukaku.

"I expect a lot from the good work that Simone Inzaghi is doing with Lukaku, the Spaniard continued in an interview with Corriere dello Sport.

"I am also carefully watching the evolution of [Senna] Miangue at Inter. But the same goes for all the other leagues."

Thomas Vermaelen has just returned from a lengthy layoff for Roma, how does the Coach expect him to perform from now on?

"Vermaelen? I hope that his physical problems are now a thing of the past. He will definitely make an important contribution to Roma.

"He has great experience, having played at Ajax, for Arsenal and at Barcelona."

What about Axel Witsel, who is strongly linked with a €6m move to Serie A champions Juventus?

"I'd rather not get into transfer issues. What will be, will be. But Witsel is a great professional, so I'm sure he will continue to do his best for Zenit St Petersburg."

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