Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Aquilani extends Roma deal

Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani has extended his contract at the capital club until 2013.

Alberto AquilaniAquilani, whose contract was set to run out next summer, has been in talks with the Giallorossi for several months now and the club today announced he has put pen to paper on a new deal.

The 24-year-old has had an injury-ravaged season and barely featured since October and Roma have struggled in his absence, only achieving a sixth-place finish in the Serie A table.

And Aquilani is now focusing on getting fit again to help his side to a better campaign next year.

"Now I have to concentrate on getting back to my best form," he told Sky Sport 24. "Tomorrow I will return to Amsterdam where I am undergoing my rehabilitation, I hope to be ready for next season.

"We have performed below our potential this season. (Coach Luciano) Spalletti has done great things here at Roma, he has taken us up to the best teams in Europe.

"Roma has the maximum faith in him and it is he who has to be convinced to want to stay.

"We started badly in the Champions League this year, but there remains a positive memory. It's in the league that we didn't perform, we're not a team that belongs in sixth spot."

Source: Sporting Life

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