AS Roma winger Cengiz Under has revealed a desire to one day play alongside Manchester City playmaker David Silva.
The 21-year-old Turkish international is currently enjoying a second season with the Giallorossi having signed from İstanbul Başakşehir in 2016.
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- Silva joined Manchester City from Valencia in 2010 following Spain’s triumph at that summer’s World Cup.
- He’s gone on to make 390 appearances for the club in all competitions.
- Silva has subsequently registered 70 goals and created a further 127 for his teammates.
- The Spanish playmaker has played a pivotal role in City’s three Premier League triumphs.
- Only Raheem Sterling (138), Fernandinho (132) and Kevin De Bruyne (130) have featured more under City boss Pep Guardiola than Silva (129).
Following his breakthrough campaign, in which he played a pivotal role in Roma reaching the Champions League semi-finals, it’s been a modest campaign so far regarding Under.
A serious muscle injury, sustained in January, saw him sidelined until the end of March – which coincided with the removal of Eusebio Di Francesco as manager. Since returning under Claudio Ranieri he’s made three league outings, all coming off the bench, totalling 44 minutes.
Considered to have a bright future, Under like so many watches and learns from others. Although he feels self-improvement comes from within, there’s one particular footballer he places above the rest and hopes to play alongside one day.
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“I have always said that it’s very nice to watch other great players, but one should always take himself as an example,” he told Goal.
“You need to be self-critical and you need to improve yourself – I always watch my own videos after games.
“The one player I really like watching and admire is David Silva. I used to watch his videos often and I like his playing style very much. I love him, so I hope we can play together some day!”
What is left for Roma this season?
Roma couldn’t repeat last season’s heroics in the Champions League when they were eliminated by FC Porto in the round of 16.
Attention subsequently turned to the league; a poor run of form saw Eusebio Di Francesco relieved of his managerial duties and he was subsequently replaced by club favourite Claudio Ranieri for the remainder of this season.
Since taking charge the former Leicester City manager has overseen six league matches, winning three and losing twice, those results leave Roma sitting outside the Champions League places in fourth position.
However, with six matches to go, Roma (54) are a point behind AC Milan (55), although they are four clear off eighth place Torino (50) with city rivals Lazio (52) and Atalanta (53) directly behind them.