Despite the tumultuous nature of Roma’s last season, one of the few silver linings Giallorossi fans could take was that management seemed determined to re-Italianize the squad. Gone were the days of Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi being the two sole Italians in the starting eleven; instead, the likes of Bryan Cristante, Nicolo Zaniolo, Lorenzo Pellegrini, and Stephan El Shaarawy made the wolves of Rome a little bluer.
Of course, Roma’s failure to qualify for the Champions League has put a lot of players’ futures at Rome into question, and when you’re an exciting young player like Lorenzo Pellegrini, it makes sense that the press might write about potential moves abroad and to (ugh) Juventus. Sure, he’s Roman, but considering how much of a mess Trigoria looks like right now, could you blame him for wanting to take the first train out?
Well, if Lorenzo gets his wishes, it looks like the second-most-senior Roman in the squad is going to ply his wares for the Giallorossi for a while into the future. La Gazzetta Dello Sport is reporting that Pellegrini is looking for a renewal, and although he is still under contract until 2022, the prospect of removing his shockingly-low release clause has to be enticing to Roma’s management. In addition, losing Daniele De Rossi and Lorenzo Pellegrini in one transfer window would certainly cause tifosi to do more than just protest for Massimo Ferrero to buyout Jim Pallotta.
This is an easy decision to make, Gianluca Petrachi (assuming you are the next Director of Sport). Keep the Roman prospects close, give the exciting young prospect a pay bump, and make sure clubs don’t keep sniffing around for a player who seems to have secured a long-term role in the Azzurri’s gameplans.
Should Roma renew Lorenzo Pellegrini’s contract and remove his release clause?
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Of course, he’s the future of Roma and the Azzurri.
Doesn’t he still have three years left on his contract?
Eh, I wouldn’t cry if he left this summer.