Tammy Abraham admits he ‘fell in love’ with Roma after his arrival in Italy and has revealed his excitement to return to England to face Leicester this week.
Abraham will lead the line for Roma as the Serie A side face Leicester in the Europa Conference League semi-finals on Thursday, with the first leg set to take place at the King Power Stadium.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed an excellent debut season with Roma since signing from Chelsea in a £34m deal last summer and is the joint-leading scorer in the Conference League with eight goals for the campaign.
Abraham says Jose Mourinho’s side will enter the clash with Leicester full of ‘belief and confidence’ and is relishing his return to England as Roma bid to reach a European final.
“We’re going in strong, we’re going in with belief and confidence. They [Leicester] play similarly to us in a way,” he said, as per The Mirror.
“They play counterattacking football. They’ve got very fast players who like to run. They’ve got good midfielders who like to find the attackers as well.
“We have to go into the game full of confidence. On our day, with confidence, we can beat anyone. For us, it’s just about believing in ourselves.
“I’m going back to England. This is my game to show what I’ve come away to Italy to learn. I’m excited! I think my whole family will come.”
Abraham has been in superb form since swapping the Premier League for Serie A last summer, setting a new club record for a debut season after scoring 24 goals in all competitions.
The forward’s form has earned him a recall into the England squad and links with a big-money return to the Premier League, with Abraham admitting he ‘fell in love’ with Roma upon his arrival.
“On the first day I came to the stadium I just said,‘Wow!’ It’s an unbelievable feeling to step out onto the pitch with the fans roaring your name and roaring the team,” he continued. “They’re amazing supporters.
“From the first day I arrived, I fell in love with Roma, with the team, with the fans – I fell in love. They have made me feel like family from the off. Arriving at the airport and seeing fans there to welcome me was the first stepping stone.”