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Roma players back Montella

Roma caretaker manager Vincenzo Montella has been tipped to get the job on a full-time basis by senior players Francesco Totti and Simone Perrotta.

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Montella, 36, has had mixed fortunes since replacing Claudio Ranieri in the Giallorossi hotseat in February, with his record in the past two months reading: won five, drawn two and lost four.

But despite his inconsistent start to life at the Stadio Olimpico, where he spent a decade as a player before retiring in 2009, Montella has received the backing of club captain and all-time leading goalscorer Totti and vice captain Perrotta.

"Montella can become a great coach, and if the new owners confirm [him] we'd all be happy," Totti, who at 35 is just a year younger than his manager, told Sky Sport.

Perrotta added: "I read so many names for the [coach] of Roma next year, but [it is] well worth Montella continuing to work with us, he [has] started on the right foot."

Montella' future is currently unclear as Roma's new owner, American tycoon Thomas DiBenedetto, is not expected to make a decision on who to appoint full-time until the summer, when he may prefer to turn to a more experienced manager.

Should the former Sampdoria and Genoa striker guide Roma to an unlikely Champions League berth, however, he would certainly be favourite to land the post full-time. The Giallorossi are currently sixth in the Serie A table, four points behind fourth-placed city rivals Lazio with four games to play.

Meanwhile, Roma defender Juan looks likely to stay at the club after his agent Michele Gerbino played down reports linking him with a move to Werder Bremen or Flamengo.

"There is absolutely no problem between Juan and Roma. He has two years left on his deal and he wants to stay," Gerbino said. "He's happy at Roma and in Rome. He has a good relationship with his teammates and we are ready to remain.

"As far as we are concerned, Roma are Juan's future. The only reason why there are these rumours circulating about him is because he's a player that many clubs would want."

"We'll see what they [the club's new owners] have to say once they are operational. I think they will meet up with the agents of all their players. It'll be a meeting where we will be told what they think of Juan."

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