Former Roma defender Riccardo Calafiori admits he ‘dreams’ of playing in the Premier League while expressing his admiration for David Moyes’ West Ham United, speaking to Cronache di Spogliatoio on Twitch, writes the HITC.
At the age of just 20, Calafiori is clearly an old head on young shoulders.
By his own admission, the talented left-back could have stuck around and fought for his place at hometown club AS Roma. The opportunity to play regular first-team football across the border in Switzerland was one Calafiori could not turn down, however, and the youngster has been rewarded for his relentless desire for self-improvement by a place in the starting XI during each of Basel’s last eight Swiss Super League fixtures.
“Roma was my dream, and I fulfilled it. I played many games for the club, experienced many exciting nights,” explains Calafiori, who shot to fame with a stunning and crucial goal against BSC Young Boys in the 2020/21 Europa League.
“I could have stayed longer but I achieved my dream.
“I’ve always had a good relationship with (Jose) Mourinho. He left me with a lot to think about. He taught me things which I will carry with me for the rest of my career. Thanks to him, now I can approach new experiences more calmly. I know how to deal with difficulties.”
Calafiori is not ruling out a return to the Italian capital at some point in the future. It’s less a case of ‘farewell’ and more ‘see you soon.’
The Italy U21 international would also relish the chance to make his mark on UK soil. Two two London-based destinations stand out in his mind.
“The future? I have two images in my mind,” Calafiori explains. “Going back to Italy, perhaps back to Roma. My other dream which would be to play in the Premier League. I really like West Ham and Chelsea.”