Agent Alex Firmino expects on loan Juventus midfielder Rômulo to sort his future "in the next week"Milan Keisuke Honda (R) challenges Rômulo of Hellas Verona during their Serie A match at San Siro on 19th January, 2014
Agent Alex Firmino expects on loan Juventus midfielder Rômulo to have a better understanding of his future "in the next week.”
The 27 year-old’s agreement with the Bianconeri expires in June and after a frustrating campaign, his long-term status is unclear.
Rômulo’s deal with Juventus, who are loaning him from Hellas Verona, was €1 million up front, with an obligatory buyout for a further €6 million if he played in 60 percent of their matches throughout the season.
Given that injuries have limited him to just three appearances [100’ minutes] in all competitions so far, he's unlikely to reach the required amount of playing time.
With that scenario leaving Rômulo’s future with Juventus beyond the current campaign uncertain, Firmino is hopeful talks with the club’s officials will help outlay whether the Pelotas native can remain in Turin.
“I have not spoken to anyone,” he told Tuttomercatoweb, as reported by website Football Italia.
“I have spoken to [Verona director Sean] Sogliano about other things, but I’ve never held discussions with Juventus.
“We have to wait, and decide his future along with [Fabio] Paratici [Juventus Sporting Director] and [Giuseppe] Marotta [Juventus Director General and Sports Department CEO].
“In the next week we’ll know something. I’ll be in Europe, and probably in Turin.
“I think he’s a little bit short of returning to the pitch, it will take a bit of time, but he really wants it.”
Rômulo may be forced to return to owners Hellas, who signed him from Fiorentina for a reported fee of €3.5 million in July 2014. He had initially spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan with them, scoring six times in 38 appearances.