Wojciech Szczesny says that he wants to stay in Italy and make his move to Roma a permanent one.
The Polish keeper has spent this season on loan from Arsenal and has had a successful spell in Serie A. Roma have qualified for next season’s Champions League, and with Petr Cech likely to be the number 1 at the Emirates next season, Szczesny is willing to make the move full time to the Italian capital.
“I want to stay,” he said. “It’s not all up to me, obviously. I want it to happen, and I know Roma and Arsenal are talking about it, so we’ll see what happens.
“I’m happy to have helped the team and winning the title must be the next objective for this club.”
It will be interesting to see what happens with the goalkeeping situation at the club next season. Will David Ospina be satisfied with another season where he’s mostly on the bench? It seems unlikely.
It’s also our understanding that the loan to Roma, which came after a difficult period for the 26 year old, wasn’t made to just get rid of him. It was a chance for him to play and mature, and perhaps come back to the club where had made 181 appearances – including the FA Cup final against Aston Villa in 2015.
Whether he’d be happy to understudy Cech is also open to question, so quite what the plans are for the goalkeepers ahead of the 2016/17 campaign we don’t know.
Szczesny has since clarified his position via his Facebook page: