Roma to decide on de Silva's dream debut

Making your debut for a European powerhouse on home soil seems like something which only happens in a dream. However, that’s the very real possibility for Daniel de Silva.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder will play his final for Perth Glory this Saturday before joining Italian giants AS Roma on a five-year contract.

AS Roma are scheduled to be part of the International Champions Cup with matches against Real Madrid and Manchester City at the MCG on July 18 and 21.

The matches could be de Silva’s first chance to don the famous imperial purple and yellow.

The Perth-born youngster will spend May with the Young Socceroos in New Zealand, before then switching to his new club.

Roma are in the process of deciding whether de Silva will be part of the International Champions Cup tour, but he is hopeful.

“Hopefully because I’m from Australia they might include me,” de Silva laughed when speaking to FourFourTwo.

“Obviously they are some big clubs and if I’m a part of it, it would be fantastic.

“It would be such a great experience, but if not, that’s fine. I’m looking forward to being part of that squad and training with them.”

De Silva, who is moving to Rome with his parents Rodney and Tanya and brother Rhett, said they would likely head for the Italian capital in early July, dependent on his involvement in the tour.

He will likely train with Roma in early July ahead of the tour either way, which is something he can’t wait to do.

“Totti, De Rossi, Gervinho, Ashley Cole and there’s many more. Being in that environment, in such a professional place with such good players, will be so amazing,” he said.

“It’ll help me develop as a player as well and being able to learn off them as well.”

Firstly, though, de Silva’s attention will be with the Young Socceroos who named their squad this week for a series of games in New Zealand.

The Young Socceroos missed out on progressing to the upcoming Under-20 World Cup finals, but will face sides who have qualified during the tour.

It will be a good opportunity for de Silva to maintain his fitness, given Glory’s sudden finals exit, ahead of his switch to Rome.

He added it was also a good chance to impress Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou who picked him in his preliminary Asian Cup squad in December.

“I know Ange is watching me,” de Silva said.

“If I play well in other international games, they’ll (under-age coaches Paul Okon and Aurelio Vidmar with Postecoglou) speak about it and hopefully I’ll get an opportunity.

“It’s up to Ange but I’ve got full belief in him. If I get a chance, that’d be great.”

It is clear, for an 18-year-old, de Silva has a big future in green and gold and with a settling-in period at Roma on the cards, he’s not getting carried away.

“Hopefully the hard work will pay off, but if not, I know I’m still very young and I’ve got a lot of time left in the game,” he said. “We’ll take it as it comes.”