AS Roma have reunited with youth academy graduate Lorenzo Pellegrini after the 21-year old midfielder completed his €10m move from Sassuolo on Friday.
Pellegrini, who left Stadio Olympico two years ago without having made an appearance for the Giallorossi first XI, expressed his delight at finalising the deal, saying that returning to his boyhood club was always his long-term goal.
"It is an incredible feeling to come back," Pellegrini told the club's official website. "This was my objective from the moment I went to Sassuolo. It is the culmination of a great two-year journey with them.
"I want to thank Roma, including [Roma director of football] Monchi and the rest of the directors. They have always been in close contact with me. They made me realise how much they wanted me back,” he added.
Pellegrini's form for Sassuolo, who paid a mere €1.25 for the player's services, was not only enough to warrant a move back to the Italian capital, but also sew him handed his first international cap in a World Cup qualifier against Lichtenstein.
On the topic of his time in Sassuolo, Pellegrini spoke with great fondness of the challenges he faced and the support he received in overcoming them.
"They were positive," he said of the two years with the Neroverdi. "It was a constant learning curve and I found it tough to get playing time at the start, but the club, the coach and all the staff helped me and kept me relaxed.
"I met some really genuine people and they helped me become a man. Sassuolo will always have a place in my heart."