Rome based Manchester United nearly man makes U-turn on 'ultimatum'

Ljajic

Once shunned by Manchester United and linked with summer move to Liverpool, Adem Ljajic has reportedly committed his future to Roma.

Last week, we brought you news that Adem Ljajic served Roma an ultimatum. The 22-year-old reportedly asked the club to guarantee him a starting role or sell him in the coming months.

After a solid beginning to his time in Giallorosso this season, the Serbian incurred the wrath of coach Rudi Garcia and found himself a perennial substitute at the Stadio Olimpico.

For Ljajic, slipping down the pecking order so quickly for his new employers seemed another blow in a young career marked by fractured relationships.

In 2009, Manchester United announced the signing of Ljajic from Partizan Belgrade, only to back out when the time came for him to join up with the squad.

He would instead join Fiorentina, where ex-Viola boss Delio Rossi infamously attacked the forward on live television after he sarcastically applauded being substituted in May 2012.

Ljajic eventually moved to Roma last August to replace Erik Lamela following a breakout 2012-13 campaign in Florence, finally looking ready to fulfill his vast potential.

However, instead of flourishing, he’s been constantly linked with a quick exit from the Italian capital to Liverpool for the past five months - culminating in his reported demands for more minutes.

But according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the situation has rapidly changed.

On Wednesday, the newspaper quoted Ljajic as saying: ‘I want to stay at Roma and take my chances here, now that we’ve also qualified for the Champions League.’

It may be the case that the club have moved to convince Ljajic it’s in his best interest to stay.

Despite growing frustrated with the youngster, Garcia thinks highly of him and is reportedly uninterested in letting him leave.

Champions League football means more opportunities, whilst Garcia has a knack for grooming talent and staying put would give Ljajic the chance to better settle in Rome.

What’s clear is that Roma and their €11million man share the same goal - to have him realise the bright future he’s long been touted for.

Only time will tell if Ljajic can blossom into a star in the Eternal City, but for the time being, it seems Roma are willing to take the chance - and Ljajic is at last on board with the programme.

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