Egypt international Mohamed Salah says he cannot wait to play for Italian Serie A side Roma after meeting with the club\'s manager Rudi Garcia.

Salah, 23, is in Rome to finalise a one-year loan deal with the club from his parent club Chelsea of England.

He has already undergone the club's medicals and should officially join the squad soon. That should bring to an end an intense and controversial transfer saga involving Roma's Serie A rivals Fiorentina and Inter Milan, as well as Chelsea.

"I wasn\'t expecting such a warm welcome," the player told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

He added: "I can\'t wait to get started!"

Roma are said to have a buy-out clause in the contract that should see them sign the young Pharaoh permanently next summer.

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