AS Roma president James Pallotta has said that work on a new stadium for the Italian Serie A football club could begin in March following a meeting with Rome’s mayor, Virginia Raggi.

Pallotta told pay-television broadcaster Sky Italia that Raggi has been “fantastic” in her support for the stadium, which has faced a host of delays during a lengthy planning process that has taken over four years.

The club currently plays its home games at the Stadio Olimpico, which it shares with rivals Lazio, but is hoping to move into the Stadio della Roma in time for the 2019-20 season. The new facility is set to have a capacity of 52,500. 

Pallotta said that with the backing of the mayor, he is confident work can begin on time and that the stadium will open as expected in August 2019.

“We’ve been working on the stadium for four years,” Pallotta said. “Now it’s at the regional level, our mayor has been fantastic and we talked about a lot of things like the team and the stadium.

“There were no particular issues or problems, even if the media like to speculate sometimes. We’re working closely with the city, there were some problems linked to timing but it’s all fine now.

“We spoke with Nicola Zingaretti (president of the Lazio region) and we hope to start the first works in March.”