Roma player Patrik Schick has claimed that he has “never thought” of leaving the club, despite seemingly dropping a hint that he would be interested in a move to Manchester United.
The 21-year-old Czech Republic attacker joined Roma on loan from Sampdoria in the summer but is expected to make the deal permanent in 2018 for €9 million plus a potential bonus of €8m.
Nevertheless, the striker seemed to indicate that he would be open to a move to Old Trafford or another European superpower when he told Czech publication Reporter Magazin: “Money? I take it as motivation, and I hope that in a few years I can move to an even bigger club where logically I’ll be paid even more – that motivation has always helped me a lot.
“It’s not really possible to move much higher [than Roma] but there are a few clubs… let’s say Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United.” However, he has backtracked on these claims via Instagram.
“I’m proud and happy to be here,” he claimed. “I’ve never thought of leaving.
“Now, I’m doing everything to get myself back fit. I’ve got one thing in my head: to do the best for Roma. Forza Roma always!”
Schick has managed only 15 minutes so far this season due to a hamstring injury sustained on his Roma debut against Hellas Verona. He made his return to the bench in October but has since suffered a further muscular setback.