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Official: Riccardo Calafiori to Genoa on Loan

Official: Riccardo Calafiori to Genoa on Loan
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Riccardo Calaviori, like almost every Romanian child even with minimum Some promise to set foot in Trigoria, I faced tremendous pressure at an incredibly young age. After signing with his hometown club at the age of nine, Calaviori’s career felt predestined: he played a few years in the youth ranks, won some titles with Alberto De Rossi’s Primavera, then graduated to the first team and earned his place among the club’s legendary Romanians.

But Calaviori’s promising career was almost derailed in the fall of 2018 when he tore multiple ligaments in his left knee during a UEFA Youth League match against Viktoria Plzen. After undergoing major surgery and spending a year on the sidelines, Calaviori is the latest in a long line of promising Roma opportunities to tread the worn path between Trigoria and Villa Stewart Medical Centre.

However, rather than accept this new fate, Calaviori resisted valiantly, returning to Primavera in September 2019 before receiving his first phone call a month later. Calaviori will have to wait another year before he makes his actual debut for Juventus in August 2020.

With size, speed and technique, Calafiori quickly resumed his title as one of Roma’s most promising U-23 talents. While he has demonstrated these skills sporadically over the past 18 months, including a whale goal against Young Boys in the 2020-2021 Europa League, Calaviori simply couldn’t break the rotation under Paulo Fonseca or Jose Mourinho, leading many to claim him. 19 year old loan.

And while we were expecting Calaviori to head south to Sardinia to spend the second half of the season with Cagliari, earlier today Roma and Genoa Cricket and Football Club agreed on a short-term loan for the young talent:

Under the terms of the deal, Calafiori will move to Giona on a short-term loan until June 30, 2022, joining 19th-placed Grifone as they fight for their lives in Serie A. With no major player standing in his way, Calaviori could see big time in the game under Andrei Shevchenko, who has alternated between Mohamed Faris and Andrea Cambiasso at left-back since taking the reins last November.

If all goes according to plan, Calaviori will return to Roma next season wiser, stronger, and ready to compete minutes behind Leonardo Spinazzola.

Good luck, Ricardo. See you in August!

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