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Monday, September 10, 2012
Rossi wants to work with Zeman

Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Giuseppe Rossi's agent has said the striker "would love to work" with Roma boss Zdenek Zeman, with a January switch for the player appearing likely.

Rossi, who has been linked with numerous clubs across Europe, remained with relegated Villarreal after undergoing a second major knee operation which is expected to keep him out of action until at least March.

The 25-year-old former Manchester United man has yet to play a single minute since suffering his original injury in October 2011 but his agent, Federico Pastorello, has given the Serie A club, and their boss, a glowing reference, while also revealing a previous deal with the club nearly went through.

"Roma would be an intriguing option for him as he would love to work with Zeman," Pastorello told Sky Italia. "Rossi had given the all-clear to the move but then it never quite materialised. There were several clubs who showed an interest, but at this moment we mustn't be in a rush."

On the prospect of a return to the Premier League, he added: "We won't rule anything out."

Pastorello also provided an update on Rossi's likely return from injury.

"Another operation is planned between September 20 and 25," he said. "If everything goes well, then he will go into the third bout of surgery. From that moment it'll take around five months to see him back on the field."

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