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Roma: Totti gives verdict on Nemanja Matic signing

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The former Manchester United star became Giallorossi’ first summer signing.

Francesco Totti has reacted to Roma’s decision to add Nemanja Matic to their squad ahead of the next season.

Matic left Manchester United after five years to kick-start his third spell under Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager is busy bolstering his side after a successful campaign that saw Roma claim the UEFA Conference League.

“If Mourinho made this choice, it means the player is useful to the team,” Totti said of Matic’s signing.

“He already proved his worth in Europe, at big clubs, and you need the right mentality at Roma.

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“In order to achieve results, you need great players. Roma above all are focused on securing a return to the Champions League, but in order to win you need champions in the side.”

Roma will have to compete against the likes of Inter, Milan, Napoli, and Juventus for a UCL spot next season. Their opponents have also started their summer transfer plans, with Inter planning a loan move for Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku.

“I didn’t expect Lukaku to return, I thought he would’ve chosen a different club,” added Totti.

“It’s a perfectly respectable decision, Inter and Simone Inzaghi will be very happy. Physically, Lukaku is a dominant presence in Italy, but I don’t know who his strike partner will be.”