Walter Sabatini: “Nainggolan is a criminal, Paredes is letting me down”

Walter Sabatini, former sporting director of Roma and Salernitana amongst other clubs, gave an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport in which he spoke in a rather unhinged manner.

Talking about his stint at Roma, Sabatini gave a frank and clean version of his feelings towards Radja Nainggolan: He stated: “I have feelings for all the players I’ve brought to Roma, the one that made me angrier is Nainggolan. I love him as if he’s my son but he’s a criminal, if he has 7 or 8 shots in front of him he’ll drink them all. Life is a game for him but he has good feelings”.

Among the players he has signed during his career, Sabatini always took pride in remembering that he has been the first one in Italy to sign Leandro Paredes.

The Argentinian midfielder has been marginalized by Juventus’ coach Massimiliano Allegri and Sabatini now has no sympathy for the PSG loanee.

“He’s letting me down, every time I see him playing I got mad, he plays with an unbearable indolence. He’s a good player, he can play in verticals better than everyone in Europe. Now he looks like he’s playing under tranquilizers”.

Sabatini gave a final thought about Napoli as they’ve demolished competition in Serie A thanks to Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s performances.

“I’ve been caught by surprise by Kvaratskhelia’s impact on every game. He receives the ball he plays with audacity and arrogance. He’s a superlative player, Napoli made an extraordinary operation in signing him. He came out of nowhere, I didn’t know him.”

Sabatini’s last club was Salernitana where he had a smaller stint than expected but he is known to be one of the best sporting directors in Italian football history.


Andrea Agostinelli I GIFN


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