The defender is still in love with Roma even if Fonseca didn’t give him many chances to play this season. Juan Jesus wants to stay in the Eternal City.
He is a skilled defender with great physicality and speed but over the course of this season, he has failed to convince Paulo Fonseca. The Portuguese coach played him only four times for a total of 194 minutes.
But his dedication to the glorious club of the Italian capital is indisputable. In a recent interview released to the AS Roma official website, Juan Jesus clearly confirmed his desire to stay at Roma.
This is a big club. We had been playing in the Champions League for years…I’ve had great experiences at Roma…I would like to stay here for many years…I have no reason to want to leave.
But his desire to stay in the Italian capital may clash with the reality of a club that needs to reshape its roster this summer. Gianluca Petrachi must lower operating costs and shape a competitive team for the next campaign.
Due to the imminent expiration of his contract (June 30, 2021), Juan Jesus may be on the market this summer. The 28-year-old from Belo Horizonte (Brazil) could be traded out.
The Giallorossi already have another skilled centre-back in their roster, another Brazilian talent. Roger Ibanez, 21, joined the Lupi last January and he may be the future of the Roma backline.