Roger Ibanez calls, does Roberto Mancini answer? The defender of Roma he stated in an interview with Corriere dello Sport: “I was born in Brazil, I feel Brazilian and I would like to play in the Seleçao. But let’s see: I also have an Italian and Uruguayan passport, I listen to who will call me. Football has changed: many teams naturalize footballers. I haven’t talked about it yet with the Azzurri Brazilians, but Toloi is my friend: he was an important point of reference for me when I arrived in Bergamo. We’ll see what happens. I chose my mother’s surname because it sounded good, I thought about marketing: if the name is Roger, better Ibanez than Da Silva “.
“Did Brazil want me at the Olympics? Mourinho knew how much I cared: he just told me watch out, if you don’t come to the retreat then you have to recover the lost ground. the I would have gone, because such an opportunity does not happen often. Then we won the gold medal. … But Roma decided it was better not to, and then that’s fine. With Mourinho you want to learn every day: he is a coach who changes your perspectives, he says and you do. He taught me so many things: if I can I play the ball, otherwise I don’t risk “.
“I wish I was to Vina what Toloi was to me: it is not easy to adapt to the Italian championship. Will he be able to play in Turin on Sunday? I don’t know, the return trip from South America is long: it will depend on how he feels and what the coach decides. Juventus-Roma is a special match. We’ve been thinking about it for days already. They are great, but we are growing “.
“Why did I never play with Gasperini at Atalanta? I don’t know, maybe I was still inexperienced and I needed to know the league better. Then the team was very strong. For sure I thought I had more space, otherwise I wouldn’t have gone there. When we left for the retreat in the summer, I realized that there was no space for me and I called my agent asking to leave. In January 2020, Bologna also wanted me, Mihajlovic phoned me and my agent had reached an agreement. But I asked to take time, to wait and Rome appeared. For me it was better to go to a big club, even with the risk of going on the bench. If I had chosen Bologna, it would have been more difficult to go to Roma later. Instead, doing the reverse in June, with all due respect, would not have been a problem. In the summer, no newspaper included me in the starting lineup, instead I carved out my space. I never thought of considering the proposals of other clubs. ”