It's no coincidence that we chose this week to shine a light on Rick Karsdorp's amazing transformation. With his Roma career all but left for dead over the past few summers, thanks in large part to a series of injuries and some underwhelming performances for both Roma and Feyenoord, not much was expected from Rick Karsdorp this season. However, with Roma thin at the position, Karsdorp had a chance to reclaim his spot with the Giallorossi this summer.
And, as we outlined earlier this week, Karsdorp has seized that chance and run with it, becoming one of the league's most dangerous attacking full-backs. Earlier today, the club rewarded the 26-year-old with a new contract:
After extending a similar deal to Roger Ibañez last week, the club just announced a new deal for Karsdorp, one that will tie the Dutchman to Roma through 2025. On his new deal, Karsdorp expressed his pleasure and gratitude to the club:
I’m really happy to sign this new contract. I want to thank every department of the club that has helped me on this journey - having the support of the people working here has been important in turning things around and opening a new chapter for me.
I hope to pay back that support: let’s go and win!
Tiago Pinto then spoke on Karsdorp's 2020 transformation:
Ever since he has been back in Rome, Rick has put in a lot of hard work and has clearly demonstrated how much he wants to be a part of this project
With the guidance of our coaching staff and support from the fitness and medical departments his progress has been continuous, and today we are proud to be able to reward that with this new contract.
After handing out a spate of new deals to several promising Primavera players late last year and inking Roger Ibañez and Riccardo Calafiori to new pacts with the senior club, the Friedkins plan seems clear: lock up young talent early and often.
While the club will undoubtedly follow up this extension with a new deal for players like Lorenzo Pellegrini and Gianluca Mancini, both of which would be richly deserved, they won't be able to match the feel-good story of Rick Karsdorp's rebirth this season.