Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has been pushed further out of the Roma door by angry fans who scrawled an insult on the pavement outside his home.
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The Italy international has lost respect among a vast proportion of Giallorossi supporters, who took exception to his conduct on and off the field last season, and made him a scapegoat for their lack of success.
He was confronted by frustrated fans at the start of pre-season training and has been given a frosty reception each time he has played for the Roma this summer, even receiving boos when he played for Italy in the capital on Wednesday night.
This latest episode has also angered his girlfriend, who launched a scathing attack on the “louts” who are trying to make their lives a misery in the Eternal City.
“Pathetic louts, get a life. Your immaturity and ignorance is pitiful,” Jimena Baron posted on Twitter, before adding, all in her mother tongue: “Go and learn some Spanish, then maybe you will understand this Tweet.”
Pateticos tifosis mala leche: Comprense una vida. Da pena su ignorancia e inmadurez. Sino estudien español asi entienden este twit.— Jimena Baron (@baronjimena) August 15, 2013
That tweet was followed by another, with a picture of a raised index finger.
“I just wanted to say something which is universal for all you louts who are molesting me and my partner. I’m sure all of you understand this,” she wrote.
Osvaldo added a picture on his own Twitter account showing the graffiti written on the pavement in front of his apartment, and commented: “How sad”.
In spite of the 27-year-old’s troubles at the Serie A side, Osvaldo has so far turned down the chance to leave, with offers from Southampton and Zenit St Petersburg both rejected by the forward, even though their bids were accepted by his club.
Representatives of Roma were reported to be in London yesterday trying to complete a deal, with Tottenham Hotspur emerging as the latest candidates for the player’s signature.
However, Southampton’s interest in Osvaldo, who was still Roma’s top scorer last term with 16 goals in 29 appearances, has not waned.
Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are also understood to be keen on the Buenos Aires-born attacker.