Rome: Rino Capocat, a player from the lower division of Italian football, will join up with his country team at the weekend for a pre-season friendly against Belgium.
He is one of three new arrivals for the Giallorossi, who will face Italy’s national side at the Estadio Empoli on Saturday.
It has been widely reported that the 25-year-old, who has been a player with Lazio since 2010, was offered to Roma by the club, but opted to join up to join the reserve team, with the hope of making an immediate impact.
The signing was reported as being a coup for the club after Capocato had spent two years at Lazio in Serie A. “Rino has arrived at Lazios reserve team as part of our development plan, to play first-team football, he’s a fantastic young player and he’ll be an asset to our development programme,” Coach Federico Pascale said on Sunday.
In an interview with Sky Sport, Capocati, who hails from the southern city of Genoa, said he felt a “huge weight” off his shoulders after leaving Lazio.
Roma were relegated to Serie B in 2016 and have only managed to make it back into the top flight two times since then, but Capocata is hoping that a second season at the club can give him a taste of what he is capable of, and is keen to add more experience to his already impressive CV.
We’re looking for players who can improve our squad and bring some good things to the club.” “
I’m hoping to be able to play more games, and get more experience.”
We’re looking for players who can improve our squad and bring some good things to the club.”
Riccardo Montolivo is the other new signing for the Italian outfit, signing from Udinese for an undisclosed fee.
Montolivo has impressed during his time in Italy, scoring seven goals and assisting four for the Nerazzurri.
As for Montoliva, he said: “I’m happy to be here, I’m happy in Italy and in this country. “
[Roma are] a great club with great supporters and a good club, and I look forward to working hard and trying to get better,” he said.
As for Montoliva, he said: “I’m happy to be here, I’m happy in Italy and in this country.
I’m proud to be an Italian, I was born and raised here, and so am my family.
Hopefully I’ll have a good time here.”
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