Roma’s midfielder Zaniolo was totally astonished when Roberto Mancini selected him for the retreat in Coverciano.
Although he passed through difficult times at the beginning of his football career, Roma gave him the opportunity to shine and reach the Italian national team.
Nicolò Zaniolo has been doing great in the eternal city. When the former Roma sporting director Monchi brought him to the Italian capital in the deal that involved Nainggolan and Inter, the Italian prodigy could never have imagined that his football history would turn into a fairy tale.
“I was out for dinner with some friends when I saw that I had been called. I immediately thought that it was a mistake. Then the news kept going and so I hoped for it,” Zaniolo said to DAZN. “When the team manager then confirmed the call, I immediately burst into tears. I was like a boy on the playground in Coverciano.”
Paulo Fonseca firmly believes in him as well. He is now a starter at Roma. The Portuguese coach sees him well on the right offensive flank albeit Zaniolo loves to play as a trequartista as well.