Being linked with a move away from a current employer can be a massive hassle for players – it can be a distraction and prompts a lot of questions from the media.
For others, transfer links can serve as a validation of some sort. Professional footballers have an inherent need to be wanted, it’s just in the nature of the business.
Roma’s Mattia Destro seems to fall into the latter category. The Roma striker has been heavily linked with Arsenal of late, with talks already said to have started.
Asked about reports of the Gunners’ interest by Roma Radio – the club’s official radio station – the Italian responded positively, flattered if anything.
Destro said: “They are wonderful rumours, I’m very pleased because it means that I’ve taken the right path.
“There are so many things that I can improve on. I must never stop and continue to learn new things.
“The coach encourages me a lot, and I try to show my skills on the pitch, as well as the confidence he has in me.”
The 23-year-old has been tipped for an Arsenal move under the guise that he is not getting consistent first team minutes at the Stadio Olimpico, second choice to Francesco Totti.
He’s still the capital outfit’s top scorer in Serie A with four goals, however, and coach Rudi Garcia is known to have a particular affinity for the young striker.
Destro’s latest comments don’t suggest that he’s looking to leave, but rather that he sees links with the likes of Arsenal as a reflection of his success with the Giallorossi.
The Serie A giants confirmed over the summer that they turned down multiple offers for the €25 million-rated forward, not at all inclined to sell him.
He went on to say that he has plenty to prove to his detractors, with goals being a striker’s best method to do the talking.
“For a striker, scoring goals is their life, the most important thing. I think about it every minute of the day. A goal is my primary objective, then there’s the team’s victory and three points.
“It [criticism] makes me angry, but I give my answers on the pitch. People say that I’m lazy and have a bad temper. I know what I am, I want to show and do so much.
“Sometimes I’m hurt by the comments. I always try to 100 per cent.