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Mourinho: Why I Joined Roma

Jose Mourinho has revealed why agreed to join AS Roma just 15 days after his shock sacking from Tottenham Hotspur.

The Serie A side announced on Tuesday that Mourinho will take over from Paulo Fonseca by the of the campaign after signing a three-year deal until 2024.

Roma will become the tenth club in the 58-year-old’s managerial career and his second in Italy.

Mourinho, who has won 25 trophies so far, said that the club’s ambitious plans and the passion of the fans convinced him to join the Giallorossi.

“Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision,” he told the club’s official website.

“After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma. It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project over the upcoming years.

“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.

“In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope the media appreciate that I will only speak further in due course. Daje Roma!”

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Tiago Pinto, Roma’s General Manager (Football) added: “When José became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time.

“We were blown away by José’s desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his primary focus is always on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.

“We know that in order to build a successful sporting project it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are supremely confident that José will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future.

“Together with the vision and ambition of Dan and Ryan Friedkin, we will build the foundations of a new AS Roma.”