Davide Zappacosta hasn’t played much football in the past three seasons, since joining Chelsea in 2017. And that’s been particularly true this season while on loan at AS Roma, thanks to an ACL injury and then, just as he was getting ready to come back, a pandemic.

Those sorts of setbacks would certainly test the resolve of many (see also: Ruben Loftus-Cheek), but Zappacosta’s made of sterner stuff than that. He’s opted to stay in Rome throughout his recovery, with the team treating him as one of their own already. For example, having joined initially for just six months (in case Reece James didn’t pan out), Roma extended the loan in January for the rest of the season despite the major injury.

Now, he’s hoping that relationship continues into not only for the rest of this season, but next season as well.