Kolarov shuts down exit talk by signing new Roma contract

Aleksandar Kolarov has committed his future to Roma for at least one more season by signing a contract extension.

The Serbian left-back has been one of Roma’s best value for money players since joining from Manchester City for just €5m back in 2017.

During this campaign, his third with the club and last on his initial contract, he surpassed the 100 appearance mark, and has continued to impress with his ability from free kicks.

His new contract runs until June 2021, ruling out speculation that had seen him linked with a transfer back to boyhood club Red Star Belgrade.

While at 34, Kolarov is above the average age for a top level footballer, he has stamped his authority on his position, being ever-present under Paulo Fonseca in Serie A so far. The big money arrival of Leonardo Spinazzola has not fazed him, with Fonseca preferring to use the Italian on the opposite side of defence.

To date, Kolarov has scored 17 goals in 113 appearances for Roma – more of either statistic than any of his other clubs, apart from Man City.

Sporting director Gianluca Petrachi is also said to be at work to extend the contracts of Italian midfield duo Lorenzo Pellegrini and Bryan Cristante in the coming weeks.

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