Nottingham Forest star Remo Freuler has told Football Italia that he held talks with Roma before signing for the Reds. The 30-year-old checked in at the City Ground in the summer, ending a long association with Atalanta of Serie A.
Freuler has become a steady addition to the Forest ranks. He took some time to hold down a regular place in Steve Cooper’s team but is now considered one of the first names on the team sheet.
His best performance in a red shirt came prior to the World Cup against Crystal Palace. He was everywhere during that game and he wasn’t fazed despite facing a strong Eagles midfield.
Freuler was a wanted man in the summer. It would seem that despite conversations with the club, the Switzerland international decided to reject Jose Mourinho ahead of a move to the Premier League.
Forest clearly completed a bit of a coup to land Freuler. He made over 200 appearances for Atalanta and most recently he scored for Switzerland during their 3-2 win over Serbia at the World Cup.
Speaking on interest from Roma, Freuler said: “Mah, it’s possible. Roma? There are always market rumours. And maybe yes, with them there was something. But until you put pen to paper nothing is concrete.”
Freuler held talks with Roma
It’s quite something that Freuler rejected Mourinho. He is one of the most renowned managers in world football but for whatever reason, Freuler didn’t feel that he could sign for Roma.
Their loss is Forest’s gain. Freuler has grown with each passing game in the Garibaldi and his early critics are now being forced to eat their words given his performance levels of late.
Freuler will still hope to improve. The midfield maestro can perform a number of duties and he does bring some versatility to the team in the way that they play under Cooper.
Roma are a huge club and they play in Europe on a regular basis. With that in mind, Forest did desperately well to get Freuler to the City Ground in the summer.