El Shaarawy
El Shaarawy: The first Roma interview
By AS Roma, 26 Jan 2016

Stephan El Shaarawy has revealed how excited and hungry he is as he embarks on a new chapter in Serie A with AS Roma.

"I'm very determined and excited, Roma is a fresh start for me," said the new Giallorossi man. "I've come here with a lot of humility to try and turn my career around." 

The Italian forward, 23, who spent the first half of this season at Monaco in France's Ligue 1, met his new team-mates earlier today before conducting his first interview as a Giallorossi player with the official website.

Today is your first day at Trigoria, how do you feel?

"It's been a very positive first day. Everyone at the club has given me a nice, warm welcome and I met my new team-mates. I'm delighted."

When did you know you'd sign for Roma?

"I had a chance to speak to sporting director Walter Sabatini and I thanked him for the faith he's shown in me and the opportunity he's afforded me along with the coach, Luciano Spalletti. I spoke to Sabatini face to face and chatted to Spalletti on the phone and I feel they're really behind me. I'm pleased and I hope to repay the faith they've shown in me through my performances on the pitch, so we can achieve great things."

What did you chat to Spalletti about on the phone?

"He asked me how I was and if I was happy and keen to join Roma. I made him realise just how determined I am and how much I want to come and play here. I've had some issues over the last few months but I'm here to show what I can do - to myself, the coach and Italian football as a whole."

Did you have the chance to speak to any of your new team-mates before you joined?

"I talked to Alessandro Florenzi, who I know from the national team. I asked him a little bit about the set-up and he told me I'd definitely like it here."

What's your preferred position?

"I prefer to play wide left as I like to start on the flank and cut inside. I can play anywhere on the wing and as a support striker. What matters is I play consistently and show what I can do."

What are your strengths?

"My ability to run with the ball at pace. I'm here to knuckle down and work hard. I'm humble and committed."

What ties do you have with Egypt?

"I have strong ties. It's where my father was born and grew up. When I can, my family and I travel to Egypt. I've got lots of relatives there."

You'll play at the highest level with Roma in the Champions League...

"Yes, I'm pleased to be back in such a prestigious competition. We didn't make it past the qualifying round at Monaco and here we have two tough games coming up against Real Madrid. But for now we need to focus on the league and record as many points as possible."

What made you move back to Italy?

"It was definitely the aim of making the squad for Euro 2016. You get noticed more in Italy. Plus the faith Sabatini has shown in me was important. I'm here and very keen to play my part."

Do you think you can make the Italy squad for Euro 2016?

"To be called up for the national team you need to be playing regularly at club level and to do that you need to work hard, be committed and show desire. My aim is to play well for Roma to achieve that."

Do you have a message for the Roma fans?

"It's a tricky time but the team is giving their all. I've just joined and I will try to give everything for this club and help my team-mates out. We can only achieve great things if we stay together."

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