Matic: 'Mourinho uno dei motivi per cui sono qui. La squadra ha un grande potenziale'

Arrival, medical examinations and signatures: Nemanja Matic, after the official announcement, gave his first interview as a Roma player to the channels of the Giallorossi club.

You said some time ago that you would change teams in the summer. You have had the opportunity to consider several options. Why was Roma’s offer the most convincing?
“Everyone knows that Roma are a great club. And then on the bench is José Mourinho, with whom I have already worked and with whom I have an excellent relationship. It was one of the reasons I came here. As I said , Roma are a great club with very hot fans. They also play in a fascinating league. So for me it wasn’t a difficult choice to make. “

It will be the third time you will play under Mourinho’s orders. What can you tell us about the relationship between you two?
“I have to admit that working with him is not always easy. He knows how to be a strict coach. But he is a winning coach and he is the type of coach I want to work with because I also want to win. He is a winning coach, who transmits this mentality to his players. I’m looking forward to starting working with him and the team. I hope that together we can do great things. “

Were you able to see any matches of the team last season? What impression did you get?
“I think the team has great potential. I certainly watched a few games, also because we were playing with my former teammates. The team has a lot of potential and by working well we can achieve great goals. We’ll see what we can do next season, but I’m sure we can do great things “.

It will be your first experience in Serie A. Was it a factor that influenced your choice? And what do you expect from the Italian championship?
“Yes, Serie A is a league that attracts me. Many important teams play there and I know it’s not an easy league. But I like challenges and I like to compare myself with players from other leagues. I think Serie A is a an important challenge for me, like playing in a great club like Roma. “

There are still a few weeks to start the preparation, now you are here to take care of the bureaucratic matters. How will you spend these weeks preceding the start of the preparation?
“I took a couple of weeks off and a few days ago I started training again. In this period I will continue to train. I don’t pretend to be ready for next season, but I still want to prepare for the pre-season and for what I have seen the preparation program, it will be very intense. We have to be ready and focused. And I want to make sure we are in shape for when we start. ”

You have been playing at high levels for many years, but you have only played once at the Olimpico, by the way behind closed doors. Are you looking forward to the idea of ​​playing in a packed Olympic?
“Of course, the Olimpico is an iconic stadium. As you said, I only played there once, with no audience. So, it wasn’t the best. But I can’t wait to play it in front of a big audience. Rome has fantastic fans. I can’t wait to live this experience. “

Have you already got an idea of ​​how warm the fans are, given how they welcomed you on social media?
“Yes, since my name was associated with Roma I have started receiving a lot of messages and comments. And I’m happy with that.”

What are your goals for next season on a personal and team level?
“To compete on all fronts. My goal is this. To fight for every trophy, try to win as much as possible. I don’t like talking about goals now, but I’m sure we will fight for all the trophies.”

Is there a message you want to send to the Roma fans?

“I want to thank them for all the affection they have already shown me. I will give my best for this team. Together we will do great things.”

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