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Monday, July 16, 2012
Bradley delight at Roma switch

ESPN staff

US international midfielder Michael Bradley has expressed his delight at moving to Italian giants Roma, describing the move as a "once in a lifetime'' opportunity.

Bradley, 24, completed a €3.75million transfer from Chievo on Sunday, signing a four-year contract at the club.

"I am very happy to be able to play at Roma,'' Bradley told "This chance only comes once in a lifetime. This club believes in me and I have proved that I am worthy of wearing this shirt.

"Now I want to show that I can earn a starting place at Roma, that I'm a player who can help the team to do well and give my best. I am really enthusiastic and looking forward to working with (Roma coach Zdenek) Zeman, who is one of the best coaches in Italy.''

The American, who has won 69 caps for his country, had only joined Chievo last summer, but after impressing in Serie A, found himself a major target for several sides.

"This year has been very important to me,'' Bradley added. "I must thank Chievo because they gave me the opportunity to play in Italy and they believed in me when no one else did. When I heard that Roma wanted me, I only had the Giallorossi club on my mind.''

Roma are looking to rebuild from an inconsistent 2011-12 season under Luis Enrique, when the side finished a disappointing seventh in the Serie A.

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