Roma beat Man City to Under signature

Roma have emerged victorious in the race for the signature of Turkish forward Cengiz Under, despite stiff competition from the Premier League heavyweights.

The Rome club were delighted to announce the acquisition of the 20-year old, a player who raised eyebrows throughout Europe in his second full season at Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir.

Under joins the Giallorossi for an initial fee of €13.4m, with additional payments amounting to €1.5m, depending on his performances.

“We are extremely happy with the arrival of Cengiz, a player with great technical ability,” Roma sporting director Monchi told the club’s official website. “We are confident he will quickly adjust to his new surroundings and his quality and talent will be a valuable addition to our squad.”

Soon after it emerged that Manchester City had made an official enquiry into the player, Under stated that he would prefer a move to the Premier League, but these sentiments were far from his mind in his first interview with the club’s site.

“I’m delighted to be here and very excited about meeting the fans,” he said. “My aim is to earn myself a regular starting berth as quickly as possible.”

Asked whether he was excited about appearing in his first Champions League tournament, the youngster noted that he may come up against some familiar faces during the campaign.

“Yes, I’m very excited about the possibility of playing in the Champions League,” he stated.

“My previous team, Basaksehir, are involved in the qualifying rounds and I’d love to be able to play them in Europe.”

The Turkey international signed a five-year contract with Roma that will see him remain at the Italian club until 30 June 2022.

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