Rising star De Silva closes in on Roma deal

Daniel De Silva is still pinching himself after a recent trip to Italy which has the gun Perth Glory teenager close to signing with AS Roma.

The much sought-after 17-year-old spent eight days in the Italian capital to work through a potential deal with the Serie A giants.

While nothing has been finalised yet, it appears a formality De Silva will sign with Roma in a lucrative deal that will see him become team-mates with the likes of Italian internationals Francesco Totti and Danielle De Rossi.

The teenager will remain with  Glory next season until he turns 18.

"I went over to discuss a few things with them - it worked out well," De Silva told footballaustralia.com.au.

"It's such a prestigious and big club and it was great to see the players and how they train and play, the facilities and the set up and coaches. It was a really enjoyable trip.

"I got to see the Colosseum and a bit of Rome while I was over there as well which was nice.

"Rome is the most beautiful city I've ever seen. It's very ancient, there's a lot of history and culture there which was great to see.”

De Silva watched a few training sessions, caught the 2-1 defeat of Torino and saw one of his heroes in action, Italian superstar Francesco Totti.

"He's such a great player, it's a shame he knocked the Socceroos out of the (2006) World Cup," De Silva said.

"He's a great player and had a really great career in the game. It will be a shame when he retires.

"Just to be able to be there and train with those players would be something special and great for my development."

De Silva is keeping firmly grounded as he prepares with the Young Socceroos ahead of October's AFC U-19 Championships in Myanmar where the top four teams will qualify for next year's U-20 World Cup.

"My parents raised me pretty well and I know it's very important to stay humble and not get a big head about it because then people view you in a different way," he said.

"Whenever I come to these camps I don't put myself above anyone and I don't expect anyone to do that for me as well.

"I'm just a regular kid trying to make it into the team. I really respect that. They treat me the same as any other player and it's the same for them as well."

The Young Socceroos will face off against NPL club Sydney United on Wednesday.

"Things are going well," De Silva added.

"We've got some great players here but obviously it takes time for players to get familiar with each other and we need to keep working.

"But from the first training session it's been going well. We're starting to get the idea of what the coach wants us to do so in a few more weeks and months we'll be really solid.

"I was really looking forward to come to this camp because I like the way we play, its good football and a good bunch of lads."