Mou: “I don’t think Roma are negotiating behind my back”

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Mou: “I don’t think Roma are negotiating behind my back”

The Portuguese coach of AS Roma Jose Mourinho He recalled that his priority was to extend his contract in Rome, while his name appeared among the technicians requested by Brazil for the Seleçao coach position. “Brazil doesn’t talk to me directly, I told my agent not to talk to anyone until we know if Roma wants me to stay or not,” he said after his team’s victory (2-1) against Cremonese in the Coppa from Italy.

“I don’t believe the rumors that put other coaches on this bench (in Rome). I have faith in the Friedkin family (owners of the club), I don’t doubt their loyalty and I have no reason to think that they are negotiating with other coaches behind me,” continued the Portuguese, who was recently benched in Brazil.

Mourinho, 60, takes over at AS Roma in July 2021. His contract expires in June. Since his arrival, Roma have finished sixth in Serie A in the last two seasons, won the first edition of the Conference League in 2022 and competed in the Europa League final in 2023. They are currently seventh in the championship, 17 points from the leader, Inter .

For weeks now, as on Wednesday afternoon when he bemoaned having only fifteen players and a single professional centre-back available, Mourinho has publicly criticized the quality and composition of the squad he will field, comments that would anger the club’s American owners.

Brazil, for its part, is suffering from one of the most serious crises in its history: the Seleçao is sixth in the South American qualifying group for the 2026 World Cup and Carlo Ancelotti, expected at the end of the current season, has decided to extend his contract. at Real Madrid until 2026.

Source: La Verdad

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