Kostas Manolas has today put to bed any rumours of him leaving Roma this summer.
The Greek defender has been linked with a move away from Serie A this summer with Chelsea being one of the heaviest linked clubs.
‘The future is the fifth year in Rome’
However, in an interview with ESPN, Manolas assured Roma fans he was staying put this summer.
Manolas told ESPN,
“I will make it a fifth,”
“The future is the fifth year in Rome. If I was not comfortable, I would not be here because I like Roma. I like my life in Rome. My family is good. I will stay.
“I want to win something. I like to win. I try to win a title. It’s not easy, but I will try hard.”
Manolas was also asked about Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus and if it would boost the profile of the Serie A.
“Of course. When one of the best players comes to Serie A, it’s a very good thing.
“For us, Ronaldo can be only an extra motivation because when you play against these players, you have to give your best.
“I’d like to see more come. I’d like to even see it in our team with a player like this. I’d appreciate it.”
Manolas signed for AS Roma in August of 2014 from Greek side Olympiacos for a fee in the region of £11.7 million.
Manolas played 74 games during his time at Olympiacos winning the Greek league twice and also the Greek cup twice.
Since moving to Roma though Manolas has proven to be a world class centre back.
Manolas has played 171 games for the Italian side, scoring six and assisting six in that time, as well as being a dominant, pacey centre back.
The Greek stopper has also ensured Roma have one of the best defences in Italy. This past season Roma finished 3rd in Serie A and conceded just 28 goals in 38 league games. Only Juventus had a better defensive record.
Manolas also played a key role in Roma’s epic comeback in last season’s Champions League vs Barcelona as he scored one of the three goals Roma needed to knock Barca out.