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MAITLAND-NILES FOCUSED ON HELPING ROMA UP THE TABLE

Ainsley Maitland-Niles spoke to the media on Wednesday afternoon, as he was presented to the media as a new Roma player.

The loan arrival from Arsenal, who made his debut in the weekend defeat against Juventus, answered questions about his ambitions for his time in the Italian capital.

Here is everything the England international had to say...

Given the circumstances of your move here, what are your ambitions for your long-term future?

“Right now I am just focused on myself and the club. Me being here and getting to the highest point on the table we can. We want to reach the Champions League places. I am not focused on my contract situation and where I am going to be [in the future] – I am focused on where I am and what I can do at this club.”

You saw Roma at its best and its worst at the weekend, with a great performance against Juventus undone by seven minutes in which the side conceded three goals. What did you make of it all?

"Having ups and downs are part of football. There were seven minutes where we lost focus and that cost us. So if we can change our mindsets, and concentrate for an extra seven minutes, beyond the 90, then we will become a team that wins plenty of games. So it is about changing that mindset and becoming a team that focuses throughout the 90 minutes."

Coming from the Premier League, what’s your perception of Serie A?

“It’s a great league. It’s a little different, it’s more tactical and more technical over here. You have to be aware at all times – like in the previous game we had [against Juventus], you need ultimate focus on the pitch at all times.”

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