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Osvaldo may stay
A contentious striker from the beginning, Osvaldo has largely been singled out as a scapegoat for Roma's disappointing season. He did, however, manage 16 goals in Serie A this past year in between getting in fights with his fans, his manager and his teammates.
At the beginning of the month he was increasingly being linked with Manchester City, as the Express reports. However, with City signing Stevan Jovetic, it's beginning to look more likely that Osvaldo will stay in Rome.
As Football Italia reports in a press conference following the friendly against Bursaspor, manager Rudi Garcia noted Osvaldo had some issues with his temper, but added, “He is a great striker and there are not many out there like him...He has character and talent...Roma would be stronger if he stays with us for this season.”
In one of his more famous rows, Osvaldo took a penalty against Sampdoria instead of captain Francesco Totti, ultimately missing it and costing his team the game. However, Totti recently redeemed him, letting Osvaldo slot home the equalizer against Bursaspor from the spot.
Following the game, Osvaldo tweeted the significance of this gesture, saying, "Even if this goal doesn't count, for me your gesture means a lot. Thank you, immense captain!"
Perhaps Totti's backing of Osvaldo will be enough to keep the fans at bay and ultimately for the striker to stay put in the capital.
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