Rui Patricio doesn’t feel Alisson pressure at Roma

by | Jul 23, 2021 14:05

New Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio admits José Mourinho played a key role in his move to the capital and insists he’s not concerned about picking up the baton from Alisson.

The Brazilian goalkeeper joined Liverpool from Roma in 2018 and the Giallorossi have struggled to find a solid replacement since.

“It is neither a matter of concern or motivation. There are high expectations every time a player arrives at a new club,” the Portuguese goalkeeper said during his unveiling press conference.

“I’m here to work and improve every day. I’m adapting to the team, I’m learning every day and I feel good, I’m motivated to help this team,” he ensured.

The 33-year-old joined the Giallorossi on a permanent €11.5m deal from Wolves plus potential €2.5m in bonuses.

He has signed a three-year deal at the Stadio Olimpico.

“I am very proud of Roma’s interest in me. Everyone knows the size of this club and it is a pride to fight to achieve the goals of this team,” the Portuguese goalkeeper said at a press conference.

“It is clear that when I agreed to join Roma, I did so because of the importance of this club and the coach,” he said.

“It’s an honour for me to represent and defend this club and to have this coach. Everyone wants to do their best when joining a new team. Sometimes it happens, sometimes not.

“I promise maximum commitment and to settle as soon as possible, together we can aspire to win and achieve our goals.

“I’ve been here for just five days, so I still need to understand how we build from the back, we’ll have time to work on this.

“In terms of communication, there’s no doubt that it is important to make myself understood by defenders. I am learning the keywords to talk to my teammates and let them help me.”

 

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