ROME striker Patrik Schick has admitted he would love the chance to join Manchester United.
Schick made a move to Rome over the summer having made a huge impression in his first year in Italy with Sampdoria.
The Czech forward scored 11 goals in 32 appearances in his debut year in Serie A which led to Italy’s top clubs chasing his signature.
A move to Juventus fell through because a medical showed up a heart condition – but Roma found no such problems and decided to take him to the Olympic Stadium.
Now the 21-year-old says only a few clubs around the world would be a step up for him, with United being one of those he would like to play for.
In an interview with Reporter magazine in his homeland, Schick said: “Money? I take it as motivation, and I hope that in a few years I can move to an even bigger club where logically I’ll be paid even more – that motivation has always helped me a lot.
“It’s not really possible to move much higher [than Roma] but there are a few clubs… let’s say Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United.”
Schick is still smarting at the way Juventus initially blocked a proposed move to Turin after they found a heart condition, a problem the striker insisted was temporary.
So when Juve asked him to go back for a second medical he refused, and decided to join Roma instead.
He added: “The season ended and I could choose, the offers I liked most came from Rome, Milan and Turin.
“Finally I decided on Juventus, not least because I was called by Pavel Nedved and it all sounded so exciting.
“I was looking forward to it, and frankly in June I felt like a Juventus player, but I wasn’t…
“I knew it was nothing serious, just some inflammation that would pass soon. I was fine, and I knew there was enough time to rest and everything would be normal, but Juventus delayed my transfer.
“When I came back from my holiday, my agent said we had to go to Turin for another medical.
“I told him I wasn’t going anywhere, that it was already getting on my nerves and I’m not flying to Turin, it would be useless.
“It didn’t matter to me anymore, I was a little bit angry. The deliberations were unnecessary, and in the middle of July my £22million release clause ceased to apply.
“So as far as I was concerned the President of Sampdoria could name his price and put my value as high as possible. That’s what he did, he eventually got it up to £35m.
“When I signed I felt great relief that I could finally concentrate only on my football.”