Transfer talk

Stekelenburg frustrated at Roma

January 24, 2013
By Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Maarten Stekelenburg has once again criticised the way he has been treated by Roma, declaring  a desire to play regularly which will increase speculation he is set to move to Arsenal or Fulham.

Maarten Stekelenburg was goalkeeper as Netherlands departed Euro 2012 at the first hurdle
GettyImagesStekelenburg wants first-team football

Stekelenburg, 30, moved to Roma 18 months ago and quickly established himself as the first choice goalkeeper under Luis Enrique but, after being ruled out by injury earlier in the season, he failed to recover his place from Mauro Goicoechea.

Stekelenburg met with Roma general manager Franco Baldini earlier this month to discuss his future. His agent, Rob Jansen said this week that there had been no serious offers for the former Ajax man but, after playing in Wednesday's Coppa Italia encounter with Inter, it seems Stekelenburg has had enough.

"The last game I played before the Coppa Italia semi-final was on December 11 against Atalanta,” he told a Dutch website. "That's six weeks, which is a lot to deal with. I had an injury, but then Goicoechea took my place.

"Why did Zeman lose faith in me? I don't know, we never spoke about it and there is nothing I can do to change this situation. I thought it totally pointless buying Goicoechea, considering we already had Bogdan Lobont in the squad.

"What was the need for a third goalkeeper? I want to play, not stay on the bench."