Veron makes Samuel plea
By Mark Buckingham & Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Samuel is waiting on a decision from the Italian giants regarding his future and Chelsea have been repeatedly linked with a bid for the no-nonsense defender.
With Marcel Desailly nearing the end of his illustrious career, a centre half could be on big-spending owner Roman Abramovich's summer shopping list.
Veron, who has endured a frustrating first season at Stamford Bridge, feels Samuel could be the missing link for The Blues.
He believes if the stopper is to leave Roma at the end of the campaign, then Chelsea should be at the head of the queue to sign the Argentine international.
"Samuel to Roma? If only," commented Veron. "He is the player that we are missing.
"He is a great champion. If he wants to leave Roma then that should be respected."
Samuel is under contract at Stadio Olimpico until 2008 but held a meeting with the club's sporting director Franco Baldini on Thursday to discuss his future.
The 26-year-old wanted clarification on whether he is in Roma's plans for next season due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the Italian side's financial situation.
Roma may be prepared to cash in on the stopper in the summer and Samuel's agent, and former Giallorossi striker Abel Balbo, feels Chelsea are the right move for his client.
Samuel has repeatedly stated he would not join another Serie A club with Balbo feeling the defender may not be presented with another opportunity to move to Stamford Bridge.
Balbo said: "Samuel has stressed his attachment to Roma and also made clear that he would never move to another Italian club.
"Offers like the one from Chelsea are few and far between and it would be good to take up the opportunity."