AS Roma fell short on their Serie A title quest last season, but they are determined to give it another try in the upcoming campaign.
In order to do that, though, the team must improve defensively. But newly-acquired sporting director Monchi is already working his magic to bring quality reinforcements to Stadio Olimpico. And the first time to arrive is Hector Moreno.
The Mexican international is coming off a stellar year with PSV Eindhoven, and he also played for Espanyol during five season prior to his Eredivisie arrival. Terms of the deal have not been announced yet, but Cadena SER reported the deal will go through the end of the 2021 season.
Moreno said he feels joining Roma “is the perfect step for his career”, while Monchi acknowledged he had been targeting the defender “for a long time, but we are happy we got him because he has the profile we were looking for.”
Aside from his experience in Europe with both Espanyol and PSV, Moreno comes with an impressive international baggage thanks to his role in the Mexican National Team where he is the captain. The 29-year-old centre back has won 79 caps for his country, played in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, and has been included in the squad that will participate in the 2017 Confederations Cup that begins this week.
Moreno registered 38 appearances between the Eredivisie and the UEFA Champions League and showed an uncanned scoring ability for a defender, finishing the year with seven goals and two assists.