Kjaer, Gago revel in Roma moves
Simon Kjaer has expressed his excitement at finally joining Roma on loan from Wolfsburg. The Denmark international was linked with a move to the Eternal City club for the past few months and after negotiating a lot of hurdles, he finally completed his move last night.
"I am delighted to be at Roma," said Kjaer. "Roma is a great team and Rome is a beautiful city. When the opportunity to come here emerged, I took just five seconds to decide."
The 22-year-old centre-back, who returns to Serie A just one year after leaving Palermo, becomes Roma's 14th signing of the summer.
"I believe we can have a good season," said Kjaer. "We have a good team with quality players like Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti. There are also young players so there is a good mix in the group."
Gago eyes De Rossi tandem
Meanwhile, Argentina midfielder Fernando Gago is looking forward to a new challenge at the club. The 25-year-old joined the Serie A outfit on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, and is aiming to make an impact at the Stadio Olimpico.
"I am very happy to play for Roma," said Gago. "It's one of the most important clubs in Europe. I liked their project and I hope I can do well."
Gago's move to Roma could be made permanent next summer, with the Serie A outfit having an option to buy the South American for €6m.
The 25-year-old, who was also linked with a move to Palermo this summer, joined Real Madrid from Boca Juniors in January 2007 but struggled to secure regular first-team action over the past two seasons.
"I hope to earn a regular place in the team but it will be the coach that decides," said Gago. "I do believe that De Rossi and I can play together."