Ogbonna: I rejected Roma

Updated: Dec 30, 2013, 11:29 AM IST

Rome: Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna has revealed that two potential moves to Roma have broken down earlier in his career.

The 25-year-old spent seven years with Torino before opting to cross the Turin divide and join the reigning Serie A champions over the summer, but says he could well have been a Giallorossi player had things turned out differently.

“Roma had a look at me in 2011, but I spoke to [Torino] president Urbano Cairo and coach Giampiero Ventura, so I decided to stay with the Granata,” Ogbonna told a leading newspaper.

“In 2005 I was just a youngster and Torino went bankrupt, which meant I became a free agent. Roma even gave me trial, but they didn’t have a place for non-EU players and the FIGC took too long to provide an executive order.

“Therefore I returned to Torino and the directors were able to resolve the problem, proving I was Italian.”

Ogbonna`s form in recent seasons has seen him win 11 caps for Italy, but he has made just 10 appearances in all competitions for Juventus this season, with Antonio Conte`s rotation policy restricting his outings so far.