ROME- The first reinforcement of the Rome is Nemanja Matic33-year-old Serbian midfielder (he will turn 34 on 1 August), freed on a free transfer from Manchester United. Only the details for theofficial status, the bonuses remain to be settled, but there is already a binding commitment. Matic was strongly wanted by Mourinhowho called him to convince him to accept, considering that he had received an interesting offer from Fulham, after having consensually terminated the contract that would expire in 2023 with Manchester. Mkhitaryan, Tiago Pinto needed 48 hours to perfect this shot, which confirms the ambitions of the Giallorossi club. Another player from the Premier, who adds experience to Rome, after the loss of the Armenian. Mourinho he is a great one of his estimator, from Chelsea he wanted him to Manchester United and now he finds him in Rome. The Serb will undergo medical examinations within the week, he will arrive in the capital before retiring. For the official it is only a matter of hours. Matic will sign the contract of a year more option for the second and the renewal will be triggered automatically upon reaching fifty percent of seasonal presences or at the conquest of a European placement. Roma needed a midfielder full. Matic will earn 3.5 million net and with bonuses it should reach 4.2. The same treatment that was proposed to Mkhitaryan. At Roma over Mourinho will find again Smalling. If Micki had accepted the renewal proposed by Tiago Pinto, Matic probably would not have arrived. But for Mourinho it is a first choice. In a recent interview, the Special One called it “fantastic”.
A fixed point
In the last season the Serbian played 32 games, not very few and despite some muscle discomfort he tended to always be well, from a physical point of view he is intactat the Rome they hired information. The Giallorossi club in recent years has not made a mistake in the purchases of players from the Premier: from Mkhitaryam to Smalling, up to Abraham, all have had a good performance. Except Maitland-Niles, who failed to prove hers value and returned to Arsenal for the end of the loan. Matic it’s a median with personality, a great physique (he is 1.94 tall), capable of giving order and geometry to the team. He has charisma inside the locker room and knows Mourinho and his football perfectly. He will be a staple after Mkhitaryan’s farewell, who disappointed the coach and managers.
A man from José
In the current 3-4-2-1 of Rome, Matic will play the role of central midfield alongside Cristante. His arrival could make the ransom by Sergio Oliveira, for which Rome wants a discount from the Port. Mourinho is ready to embrace one of his loyalists, whom he had strongly wanted at Manchester in 2017. There is a very solid feeling between the two. In 2020 Matic said of the coach: «How is José? He depends. If he wins, he is the best person ever. If you lose, you hide from him on the training ground. But he’s a fantastic coach, the best I’ve worked with ». Like this Mourinho introduced Matic just bought from Manchester: «He has become one of mine, one of those players you keep in contact with even when you no longer work in the same team. Nemanja is a Manchester player and a José Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a player: loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player ».
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