Roma goalkeeper Mile Svilar spoke about his development in the Italian capital and the possibility of becoming the number one next season.

The 24-year-old Serbian shot stopper joined the Giallorossi from Benfica last year on a free transfer, arriving as the backup to starting goalkeeper Rui Patricio. He hardly featured in his debut season, playing just four times, but has already featured twice in the first few months of the new campaign.

Svilar has played the full 90 minutes in Roma’s Europa League wins over Sheriff and Servette and is expected to again be in the starting lineup for the upcoming clash with Slavia Prague. Victory against the Czech side allows the Giallorossi to put one foot in the knockout stages.

Speaking in a press conference via TMW, Svilar first discussed his expectations for the match with Slavia Prague.

“I think it will be a difficult match against a good team, I hope to win tomorrow, but it will definitely be difficult.”

He was asked if he’s aiming to become the number one in Rome next season.

“I’m young and I take the opportunities that the coach gives me. I’m focused on improving, because that’s my job. Now I’m focused on tomorrow’s match. Next year is next year.”

Finally, Svilar discussed his growth since joining Roma on a free transfer last year.

“Mentally, but I also worked for a year and a half with Nuno, and this means that I’m always better. I’m more used to working with the team. I played a few games last year. I feel more mature, more of a goalkeeper.”

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