Roma boss Di Francesco 'not bitter' over Malcom snub

Barcelona hijacked Roma's move for Bordeaux winger Malcom, but Eusebio Di Francesco insists that he bears no ill-feeling.

Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco   -  Getty Images

Eusebio Di Francesco has shrugged aside Roma's inability to land Bordeaux winger Malcom, who opted instead to sign for Barcelona in a dramatic late twist.

The Giallorossi had agreed a €40million fee with Bordeaux for the 21-year-old, who was reportedly set to fly into the Italian capital, earlier, this week to finalise personal terms.

But, it soon emerged that Barca was interested in hijacking the deal, Malcom deciding on a move to Camp Nou, where he signed a five-year contract after the two clubs settled on a price of €41m.

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Malcom described the switch as "a dream" and although Roma sporting director Monchi indicated that the club would consider legal action, Di Francesco seemed unperturbed by the developments.

"You'd have to ask Monchi about it. I'm not bitter, I'm sorry for how things went, but if someone is to arrive, then an even stronger player will come," he told Sky Sport Italia.

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