Cengiz Under: Proud Roma chose me to replace Salah
Following the sale of Salah to Liverpool last summer, Roma signed Turkish talent Under from İstanbul Başakşehir to replace the Egyptian winger.
The 20-year-old was off to a poor start yet in February he managed to hit the ground running, firing five goals and he managed to assist Roma’s last goal against Barcelona in the quarter-finals.
“Champions League semi-finals? I’m 20 years old and I can say that this is my biggest success so far, but it’s not enough for me,” the young attacker told Corriere dello Sport.
“We all want to reach the Final. I’m living through the happiest days of my life with Roma.
“I’m very proud that Roma chose me to replace an important player like Salah. A lot is being expected of me, but I showed my quality on the pitch after January.
“If I started playing better at a certain point, it’s thanks to my teammates and the coaching staff.
“I’ve found myself very well on the pitch since the game against Verona, and I’ve been able to influence the result. My performances have grown since then.
“Strootman? He always tries to talk to me. He asks me a lot of questions and always waits for an answer. If I understand his words, I answer him. Otherwise, I turn my back to him!
“I want to play for one of the best teams in Europe and represent my country, like Calhanoglu is for Milan and Tosun is for Everton.
“I’m one of them, but I want to become Turkey’s best by working hard. I’ll keep representing my country in the best possible way.
“Liverpool? If we play our game and do what the Coach asks of us, we’ll move forward as a team.
“We showed that against Barcelona. We helped each other and won. We want to repeat this against Liverpool.”
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