Chivu pledges future

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Romanian defender Cristian Chivu has pledged his future to Roma.

The talented centre back has been the subject of rumours concerning a possible summer exit due to financial troubles at Stadio Olimpico.

However, he insists he is determined to remain in the Italian capital.

"The future?" he stated. "I'm a Roma player.

"I am happy to play with my team-mates and to live in this city."

Chivu is still clinging to the hope that Roma can overcome Milan in the race for the Italian scudetto.

There is a must-win rearranged local derby for the Giallorossi against Lazio to contend with in midweek, but the stylish stopper is in confident mood.

"The win against Modena has been important," declared the defender.

"But we have still the hope to go to Milan with a deficit of only three points.

"It will be a fantastic match (against Lazio). It surely won't be affected by what happened in the suspended game.

"We will play only to win."