Pizarro confirms Roma stay
Midfielder keen to see out deal with Serie A club
By Simone Bargellini. Last Updated: May 21, 2012 12:38pm
David Pizarro: Has revealed he intends to see out the final year of his contract at Roma
Manchester City's on-loan midfielder David Pizarro has revealed he intends to stay at Roma when he returns to the club for pre-season.
The 31-year-old moved to the Etihad Stadium on a six-month loan deal on transfer deadline day in January, reuniting with boss Roberto Mancini, who had previously managed him at Inter Milan.
The former Chile international made seven appearances for City in the second half of the campaign, scoring once in a Europa League clash with Porto.
Pizarro revealed that his move to the Premier League was partly motivated by a falling out with Roma boss Luis Enrique.
However, he insists that he intends to stay in the Italian capital and see out the final year of his contract with the Serie A club when he returns after the summer break.
"I returned to Rome from Manchester and I'm not going to move again," Pizarro told Il Romanista.
"I had no intention of leaving AS Roma even in January, but I had a bad relationship with Luis Enrique and then when [Roberto] Mancini called I accepted. It was all very sudden.
"Now, I'm going on vacation and then I'll return to Rome.
"I hope to finish my European career at AS Roma, I still have a one-year contract and I'm very motivated."
Pizarro also revealed that Mancini asked him for advice during the title run-in, particularly when City were behind rivals Manchester United in the table.
City eventually managed to claw back an eight-point deficit to claim the title on the final day and Pizarro admits Mancini had consulted him regarding Roma's near miss in 2010.
Back then Roma managed to chase down Inter Milan at the top of the table, only to lose out on the final day of the season.
"When we were under United in the table no-one expected us to recover," he added.
"Mancini always asked me advice, referring to the 2010 Serie A championship, when Roma recovered so many points to Inter Milan.
"Because of my experience he wanted me to give a hand."