Roma defender Zeki Celik sat down with Serie A ahead of Matchday 6 to speak about the recent arrivals of Turkish players in Italy, joining the Giallorossi, and the club’s depth on the flanks.
Turkish Arrivals in Serie A
Following the success of the likes of Hakan Calhanoglu and Merih Demiral, interest from Turkey in playing in Italy has started to increase.
“There were other Turkish footballers who had played here before me. They all did very well here. I will also do my very best here to represent my country and do well for Roma.”
Celik is the fifth Turkish international to play for the Giallorossi; before moving to Italy, he spoke with former club player Cengiz Under.
“When I first told Cengiz Under about this opportunity he told me that I should accept it right away. Naturally, I want to play as much as I can and contribute to Roma’s success. Hopefully, we will have nice memories to talk about at the end of the season.”
Few teams can match Roma’s depth on the flanks. Jose Mourinho has Celik, Rick Karsdorp, Leonardo Spinazzola and Nicola Zalewski at his disposal.
“Yes, for a goal-oriented team it is important to have alternative options in every position. There is competition between teammates but everybody is very easygoing.“