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Advocaat – Rodwell to Roma is a great move

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Dutch managerial legend Dick Advocaat believes Jack Rodwell’s potential move to Roma will be a great move for everyone involved.

There has been a lot of talk in the last 24 hours, about former Manchester City player Jack Rodwell being on the verge of a move to Serie A with Roma.

Rodwell is currently without a club after his contract with Blackburn Rovers ran out.

Rodwell moved to Manchester City as a 21-year-old from Everton for a fee of 15 million Euros, and with the world at his feet.

That was back in 2012, and following two miserable years in Manchester, he made the move to Sunderland.

While he played a lot more football at the stadium of light, he left there for Blackburn, where one year was enough for both parties.

Rodwell has never replicated the form that prompted City to pay Everton so much money for him.

Talking to Teleradiostereo, Advocaat believes its a great deal and is not shocked at all by it, given the player’s ability.

He said:

“I’m not surprised.”

“He was one of the brightest prospects in English football and this is confirmed by the fact that he was signed by Manchester City.”

“After that, several injuries held back his growth, but he’s a player who, if fit, can show his full potential.”

“He’s an attacking midfielder with a great first touch. He often plays with two touches and has very good vision.”

“I was at the helm of Sunderland for only a few months, but he’s undoubtedly an excellent player.”

“I don’t think he’ll struggle to adapt in Italy. He has the potential to do well in Serie A.”

“His heavy contract with City slowed him down a bit, but he can be an important player again.”

At 28 years of age, Rodwell is relatively young in footballing terms, and the move could be a great revival of his once-promising career.

He would join former England international teammate, Chris Smalling in Rome.

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BRISTOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Members of the England U21 team (L-R back row) Daniel Sturridge, Phil Jones, Jack Rodwell, Frank Fielding, Michael Mancienne, Jordan Henderson and Chris Smalling, (L-R front row) Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Tom Cleverley and Victor Moses pose for a team photograph prior to the International Friendly between England U21 and Uzbekistan U21 at Ashton Gate on August 10, 2010 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)