Mattia Destro has hinted that he could be leaving Roma despite scoring on Wednesday to send his side level on points with Serie A leaders Juventus.
The Giallorossi striker -- who was linked with a move to Chelsea this summer -- set his team on their way to a 2-0 triumph over Cesena which took them to 22 points from nine games, but his mood was unusually subdued at full-time.
It may have been his fourth league goal this season, yet it had come in only his fifth start in nine matches.
"The coach makes these decisions, but bit by bit I start to piece things together in my own mind and I will make my own decisions," he told Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle.
The 23-year-old was subject of a 25 million-euro bid from Wolfsburg in the summer, although he turned down the chance to move to the Bundesliga -- where he could have doubled his salary -- preferring to stay with Roma and play in the Champions League.
Paradoxically, he has yet to take his bow in Europe's elite club competition, being left on the bench for all three of Roma's Group E games so far. That is where he has sat during four Serie A outings, and it is not a situation the young forward will tolerate for much longer.
He refused to be considered as a reserve for Italy's World Cup squad in the summer when there were doubts over the fitness of Giuseppe Rossi, who was also ultimately left out, while a four-game ban for striking Davide Astori in the face last season also hints and his fiery character.
"Whenever I am given a chance, I always try to do my best, also because I need to make the most of all the chances I'm getting," he added on Wednesday night, suggesting unhappiness with the present lack of opportunities.
Club captain Francesco Totti has been playing more regularly than many expected of the 38-year-old so far this season, although he has only scored twice in six starts in Serie A.
Nevertheless, with 700 Roma appearances to his name, il capitano is still the club's No.1 striker when fit and Destro may have to make do with more time on the bench than he might like.
Clubs around Europe will be monitoring the situation closely in case Destro ultimately decides his future lies away from the Stadio Olimpico.