Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has insisted that he wants to make his loan move to Roma permanent ahead of a possible return to London this summer.
Having joined the Serie A giants on a season-long loan deal last summer, the Polish international has gone on to help the Giallorossi continue their fight for a top-three finish.
As they continue to chase down Napoli in second, it has been a relatively successful campaign for both the shot-stopper and club, and there is a suggestion that both parties want the relationship to continue.
With Petr Cech established as the number one choice between the posts for Arsene Wenger in north London, a return to the Emirates doesn’t seem like a sensible move for Szczesny who would likely have to grow accustomed to a place on the bench.
He clearly acknowledges that, and has revealed that he wants to stay in Rome where the club are looking to continue to make progress under Luciano Spalletti.
“I want to stay,” he told Il Messaggero, as reported by Eurosport.
“It’s not all up to me, obviously. I want it to happen, and I know Roma and Arsenal are talking about it, so we’ll see what happens.
“I’m happy to have helped the team and winning the title must be the next objective for this club.”
Having made 39 appearances in all competitions so far this season, Szczesny has become an important part of Roma’s plans and they will potentially want to keep him in the Italian capital in order to keep the consistency that he has offered them.
In contrast, Wenger has also started David Ospina on occasion this season, so coupled with Cech’s presence at Arsenal, it is highly unlikely that Szczesny would get many opportunities which in turn would force him to look elsewhere regardless if he is to leave Roma at the end of the season.