Jose Mourinho will take over as coach of Roma on a three-year deal from next season, the Serie A club announced on Tuesday. Mourinho, sacked by Premier League club Tottenham final month, will replace fellow Portuguese Paulo Fonseca who will leave Roma at the end of the present crusade. Mourinho returns to Italy where he led Inter Milan to the treble in 2010. The 58-year-old also won the Champions League with Porto in 2004, three Premier League titles with Chelsea and La Liga with Real Madrid in 2012.
Mourinho, who led Manchester United to the Europa League in 2017, has signed a contract with Roma that runs until June 30, 2024.
“We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho into the AS Roma circle of relatives,” club president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin said.
“A great champion who has won trophies at each and every level, Jose will supply tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.
“The appointment of Jose is a large step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture all over the club.”
Mourinho has claimed 25 major trophies in his career to date and joins a club that hasn’t won Serie A since 2001.
“Thank you to the Friedkin circle of relatives for choosing me to lead this great club and to be a part of their vision,” Mourinho said in a observation.
“It’s the same ambition and drive that has at all times motivated me and together we need to build a winning project over the upcoming years.
“The implausible ardour of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I will not wait to begin next season.”
‘One of the vital greatest’
Mourinho is one of only three managers to have won the Champions League with two different clubs, a feat he has also repeated in the Europa League.
“When Jose became to be had, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the vital greatest managers of all time,” said Roma general manager Tiago Pinto.
“We were blown absent by Jose’s desire to win and his ardour for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his primary focus is at all times on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.”
Earlier Roma confirmed that Fonseca would leave the club after two years with the three-time Italian champions who are trophyless since 2008.
Fonseca, 48, joined the club in 2019 on a two-year contract with the option for a third year whether the club reached the Champions League next season.
The club finished fifth in Serie A final crusade and are currently seventh, nine points in the back of city rivals Lazio who take a seat sixth and have a game in hand.
Roma trail Mourinho’s former club Manchester United 6-2 going into Thursday’s second leg of their Europa League semi-final in the Italian capital.
Fonseca replaced Claudio Ranieri, who had a brief spell as coach after Eusebio Di Francesco used to be sacked in January 2019.
Di Francesco had guided the club to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018.
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