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Roma forward: I tried to convince £16m Manchester City man to move

Adem Ljajic says that he tried to convince Aleksandar Kolarov to join Roma this summer, but to no avail.

AS Roma were one of the most active clubs on the transfer market across Europe, making a number of notable captures to bolster their squad.

Juan Iturbe was the most high-profile acquisition due to his £17 million cost from Hellas Verona, as the Giallorossi snatched him away from Serie A rivals Juventus’ grasp.

One area Rudi Garcia was looking to upgrade his side was at full-back. The capital club moved quickly to secure the services of Ashley Cole and Urby Emanuelson in early July, but always looked to be plotting another signing in this area.

Manchester City’s Aleksandar Kolarov popped up as a potential target, despite having just put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension at the Emirates the month before.

Securing the Serbian’s services looked an unlikely outcome for Roma at any rate, but his countryman at the Stadio Olimpico has revealed he tried to personally convince Kolarov of the move.

Giallorossi forward Adem Ljajic told Roma Radio: "I tried to convince Kolarov to come here. I called him two or three times, but he didn’t join.

"I hope that some other Serbian team-mate will arrive, because they are very strong."

Kolarov previously spent three years in Serie A before signing with the Citizens in the summer of 2010 for a £16 million fee, playing for Roma’s arch-rivals Lazio with great success.

The Giallorossi were also strongly linked with another Serbian City defender in the form of Matija Nastasic, eventually signing Kostas Manolas instead alongside left-back Jose Holebas.

Ljajic himself had been expected to depart Garcia’s side amidst links with Liverpool following a difficult first season in Rome that saw him make just 17 league starts.

His comments suggest he was always intent on staying, however - whether a fellow Serbian joins him there at some point in the future remains to be seen.

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