While there has been little action on the pitch, it has been a productive month for several of Roma’s academy players.
The Primavera championship has been put on hold for most of the month due to Covid-19 concerns. It has disrupted Roma’s fine start to the season at under-19 level.
However, the pause has allowed the club to negotiate new deals for several of their most promising youngsters. As many as five Primavera players received new contracts as a sign of faith this month.
Here are all those who have committed their future to the club.
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The first player to put pen to paper on a new deal after an impressive start to the season with the Primavera was Nicola Zalewski.
On November 17th, he agreed a contract extension until 2024.
The winger was born in Italy but also has Polish citizenship. He has been at Roma since 2011, when he was nine years old.
Zalewski has been one of the standout stars in the Campionato Primavera 1 this season. He has scored six goals in total – the most of any player in the entire league.
So far, Zalewski has been involved in three senior matchday squads for Roma, but is yet to make his senior debut as he is still recovering from Covid-19.
One day after Zalewski, another promising attacker committed his future until 2024.
Also born in 2002, Riccardo Ciervo joined Roma in 2016. He has scored two goals from six games in the Campionato Primavera 1 so far.
He was called up to the senior squad for Roma’s most recent Europa League game against CFR Cluj, but did not play. However, he has already made an impact with the first team.
Ciervo came on as a substitute in Roma’s first pre-season friendly this summer, a 4-2 win over Sambenedettese. He provided a splendid assist for the last goal, dribbling from his own half before setting up Mirko Antonucci.
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The Primavera’s success this season has been largely down to their strong attack, so it was little surprise to see another forward receiving a contract extension on November 19th.
Ruben Providence has one goal this season, having featured in all six league games.
The French winger joined the club last summer from Paris Saint-Germain, and has quickly shown why such a big club in his homeland believed in him in the first place.
Now, he is working towards getting a chance with Roma, for whom he has appeared on the bench on three senior matchdays this season.
Roma fans are proud of their record of developing players born in the city. One of the Rome-born players currently in the Primavera is Edoardo Bove, who is a midfielder.
Bove signed his extension until 2024 on November 20th, after commencing his second season in the Primavera ranks.
He has been at the club since 2012, when he was just 10 years old. He is yet to make a senior matchday squad, but is developing well in the under-19s.
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Perhaps the most familiar name to sign a new deal with Roma over the past month was Tommaso Milanese.
The midfielder had already made his senior debut before agreeing his new contract, having come on as a substitute in the 5-0 win over Cluj in the Europa League.
Milanese made an impression on his brief cameo, completing all his passes and even recording the assist for the final goal.
He extended his contract until 2024 on November 23rd, before playing in the reverse fixture against Cluj three days later. He almost marked his second appearance with a second assist, but Bruno Peres squandered the chance Milanese had created for him.
At Primavera level, Milanese has been impressing as well. The 18-year-old, who has been at the club since 2016, has two goals in the league this season.
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