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Serie A: AS Roma's Lorenzo Pellegrini announces return to boyhood club while playing FIFA 17

Serie A giants AS Roma surprised football fans on Friday after unveiling their latest signing Lorenzo Pellegrini in the most bizarre fashion. Rather than sharing a photo or video of the player, the Italian club announced the transfer of Pellegrini using FIFA 17.

Roma posted a clip on Twitter where Pellegrini was seen playing a virtual game between two Roma teams.

As soon as the video game version of the player scores, it celebrates it by pointing to the name on his back that reads 'Pellegrini'.

The camera then slowly pans towards Pellegrini's face, who was controlling the virtual player, as the 21-year-old fist-pumps and says: "Forza Roma".

Pellegrini returned to the Stadio Olimpico from Sassuolo for £8.7million, just two years after leaving Roma as a teenager. The midfielder made the rounds on social media platforms earlier this month after scoring a superb bicycle kick at the recently-concluded European Under-21 Championship.

'It is an incredible feeling to come back,' said Pellegrini, who has signed a five-year deal with Roma.

'This was my objective from the moment I went to Sassuolo. It is the culmination of a great two-year journey with them.

'I want to thank Roma, including Monchi and the rest of the directors. They have always been in close contact with me. They made me realise how much they wanted me back.'

Pellegrini made a total of 54 appearances for Sassuolo, scoring six goals and providing seven assists in 28 Serie A games last term.

Updated Date: Jul 01, 2017 19:02 PM

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