Davide Zappacosta hasn’t played much football in the past three seasons, since joining Chelsea in 2017. And that’s been particularly true this season while on loan at AS Roma, thanks to an ACL injury and then, just as he was getting ready to come back, a pandemic.
Those sorts of setbacks would certainly test the resolve of many (see also: Ruben Loftus-Cheek), but Zappacosta’s made of sterner stuff than that. He’s opted to stay in Rome throughout his recovery, with the team treating him as one of their own already. For example, having joined initially for just six months (in case Reece James didn’t pan out), Roma extended the loan in January for the rest of the season despite the major injury.
Now, he’s hoping that relationship continues into not only for the rest of this season, but next season as well.
“On a personal level, I would love to stay in Rome for several reasons. The main one is that I want to show the fans, my team-mates and the management who I am and what I can do.”
The 27-year-old has been using that as motivation to help him with his recovery, especially while being isolated from everyone else during the lockdown. But now he’s raring to go more than most.
“I have worked a lot in these months, I have trained and I have made sacrifices to be available at the restart of the championship. I am doing some sessions completely dedicated to the knee, because it takes time to recover better from this injury. But now I feel 90 per cent fit.”
-Davide Zappacosta; source: Sky Italia via Evening Standard
Whether it’s on another loan or on a permanent transfer, Zappacosta’s surely set to stay in Rome. He has two more years left on his Chelsea contract.