Szczesny thrilled with imminent Roma return

The Poland international is poised to complete a return to the Italian club from Arsenal and is delighted to be heading back to Serie A

Wojciech Szczesny is thrilled to be returning to Serie A after arriving for a medical with Roma on Thursday.

The Poland international made 42 appearances for the club last season after agreeing to a year-long loan move from Arsenal.

The signing of Brazil international Alisson from Internacional had cast some doubt over the prospect of Szczesny returning to the Stadio Olimpico for 2016-17, but the 26-year-old arrived back in Italy on Thursday in order to complete medical checks and sign a new contract with Luciano Spalletti’s side.

And Szczesny was glad to have secured a return to the club, despite the prospect of increased competition for a place in the starting XI.

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“I’m good, and I’m happy to be back,” he told the assembled media shortly after landing in the Italian capital. “Spalletti was right to say there are two goalkeepers, but I don’t fear the competition.”

Team-mate Edin Dzeko, meanwhile, has stressed that he has no desire to quit the club despite an underwhelming first season.

The 30-year-old scored just 10 goals in all competitions after joining from Manchester City for a fee reported to have reached €15million after performance-related bonuses were completed.

Despite rumours linking him with a move away, Dzeko – who scored against Liverpool and Montreal Impact in pre-season clashes this week – insists he would like to stay at the club.

“Yes, I am still here and obviously I am happy to stay,” he said.

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