Ranieri feeling confident about Roma

Click to follow

New AS Roma head coach Claudio Ranieri is confident that he can get the club back on track following the departure of Luciano Spalletti.

Spalletti paid the price for defeats in the opening two Serie A games of the season, with Ranieri stepping in on a two-year contract.

He told reporters: "In the last four years Luciano Spalletti showed great football here. Roma, Barcelona and Arsenal are teams that play the best football in Europe.

"Seeing Roma on the continent was a great thing. This team has done plenty, done well and done beautiful things under Spalletti.

"What can I promise? I will bring my pragmatism. I will not say it will be the same as Spalletti's Roma. It will be different, but I will give everything as I have great will to do well here.

"The club needs a shock and so I will do my best. The league is still long and this team deserves to stay high and win. It's a difficult moment, but we will return to winning ways.

"This is a team that has done well. They had many injuries last year, but I will do my best to take the team back to their previous levels.

"The team has to re-find itself - strong, convinced and determined. We have all the possibilities to do well."

Elsewhere, striker Goran Pandev has vowed to leave Lazio at the earliest opportunity after being cast into the wilderness by the Serie A outfit.

The 26-year-old FYR Macedonia international has not featured for his club this season following the breakdown of contract talks and was even left off Lazio's squad list for the Europa League.

Pandev confirmed: "My desire is to go to a club bigger than Lazio.

"I want nothing more to do with (president) Claudio Lotito, who in the last two years has created a thousand obstacles to renew my contract.

"Now I will respect my obligations and next summer I can decide my future for myself."

Juventus coach Ciro Ferrara has warned club legend Alessandro Del Piero that he is not guaranteed a place in his starting eleven every week.

Thirty-four-year-old Del Piero has yet to feature for Juve this term, with reports suggesting that he was left out of the side that won 3-1 at Roma despite being back to full fitness.

Ferrara warned: "There have been no secret pacts, just joint objectives of a Juventus side that is competitive on all fronts.

"Alessandro is the captain, the most representative player and clearly he isn't happy with my decision.

"But I have four strikers of world-class level and I obviously cannot guarantee first-team football to anyone."

Meanwhile, Napoli midfielder Walter Gargano is seeking contract negotiations after impressing during his first two seasons with the club.

The 25-year-old Uruguay international's agent feels that his client is not being highly valued enough in Naples and wants to speak to club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Vincenzo D'Ippolito told Radio Goal: "I spoke with the president, who does not want to touch Gargano's contract.

"The player is bitter. It's a question of balance. There are some of his companions that do not play and earn more.

"When he arrived in Naples, he was content to receive half of what others were offering because he had a great desire to wear the Azzurri shirt.

"I hope in the future that things can be clarified with De Laurentiis."