Roma boss unfazed by Malcom snub

Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco says he is not bitter after Bordeaux winger Malcom opted to turn down the Italians in favour of Barcelona.

The Giallorossi had reportedly agreed a €40m deal with the Ligue 1 club for the 21-year-old Brazilian, who was due to fly to the Italian capital to finalise personal terms earlier this week.

Nonetheless, the transfer was hijacked by Barca at the last minute and Malcom eventually decided on a move to the Camp Nou, with the clubs settling on a €41m fee and the player penning a five-year deal.

Roma sporting director Monchi then indicated that the club may seek legal action, but Di Francesco remained philosophical about events.

“You would need to ask Monchi about it,” the former Pescara, Lecce and Sassuolo boss told Sky Sports Italia.

“I’m not bitter about it. I’m sorry for how things turned out but if someone is to arrive then an even stronger player will come in.”

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