Baptista to remain at Roma

Brazilian striker happy to fight for his place

Baptista: Staying put

Julio Baptista has quashed rumours he is looking to leave Roma in the January transfer window.

The 28-year-old striker has only made one Serie A start this season and is reportedly a target for league leaders Inter Milan.

But the Brazil international is under contract with Roma until June 2012 and insists he does not expect to leave the capital club this month.

"I am calm about my future," he told the club's official website. "I expect to remain here."

Baptista joined Roma from Real Madrid in the summer of 2008 and scored nine goals in 27 appearances last season to help the Giallorossi finish sixth in Serie A.

Training hard

This term the former Sevilla and Arsenal striker has had to play second fiddle to Francesco Totti and Mirko Vucinic.

The arrival of Luca Toni will provide more competition for places up front at the Stadio Olimpico but Baptista is determined to earn a recall.

"I am training hard in order to be ready when given the chance," he added.