Scouted: Roma’s Cen­giz Un­der

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COM­PARED TO: His pre­de­ces­sor at Roma, Mo Salah – he has also been la­belled ‘the Turk­ish Dy­bala’. Will he be the next skil­ful left-footer to tear up Serie A? LINKED WITH: Spurs, Manch­ester United and Manch­ester City were all in­ter­ested last sum­mer. Un­der’s agent said City wanted to sign him and send him on loan to Freiburg, so he picked Roma in­stead. He is the lat­est project of Roma’s for­mer Sevilla direc­tor Monchi, who played a cru­cial role in the ca­reers of Dani Alves, Ser­gio Ramos and Ivan Rakitic. THE STORY SO FAR: Started out in Turkey’s second tier with Alti­nordu be­fore a move to top-flight Istanbul Basak­se­hir, be­com­ing a sen­sa­tion as they al­most won the domestic ti­tle. Roma re­cruited him for €13.4m and, af­ter early lan­guage prob­lems, Un­der scored six goals in six games from early Fe­bru­ary – be­com­ing the youngest Turk­ish player to score in the Cham­pi­ons League when he net­ted against Shakhtar Donetsk. THEY SAID: “He’ll be­come a pil­lar of the new na­tional team” – Turkey head coach Mircea Lucescu. SO­CIAL ME­DIA: A selfie with the Roma icon Francesco Totti (above). HE SAID: “Totti wel­com­ing me to Roma was dif­fi­cult to de­scribe. He is a leg­end. I had no idea what he was say­ing, but it didn’t mat­ter.”

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