Nemanja Matic reunites with Jose Mourinho as the Roma boss signs him for the 3rd time
Nemanja Matic was reunited with his old boss Jose Mourinho at Roma on Tuesday after the Serie A club announced the Serbian’s arrival as a free agent from Manchester United.
In a statement, Roma said that former Serbia midfielder Matic has signed a one-year deal with an option for a second season, with Italian media reporting that he will earn 3.5 million euros the coming campaign.
“I am pleased and honoured to be joining this club and I cannot wait to start the new season with my teammates,” Matic said.
“Roma is a big club, with amazing fans and a coach, Jose Mourinho, who is well known to everyone – making the decision to come here very straightforward.
He had been taken to United by Mourinho in 2017 after having been signed for Chelsea while the Portuguese was in his second spell in charge at the London club. He won the Premier League title twice at Chelsea, under Mourinho and Antonio Conte and was reportedly requested explicitly by the Roma coach.
Jose Mourinho took over at Roma last summer and has rehabilitated his reputation as a coach after difficult spells at United and then Tottenham Hotspur.
Seen by many as yesterday’s man, Mourinho won Roma the inaugural Conference League last month, their first ever major European honour and first trophy of any type since 2008.
He also led Roma to the Europa League via a sixth-placed finish in Serie A and has got the best out of a clutch of talented players, including Italy midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini and former Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham who he signed for a club record 42m pounds last season.
Nemanja Matic explains why he keeps signing for Jose Mourinho
Nemanja Matic has confessed that he believes Jose Mourinho is THE perfect coach for him, having reunited with him once again at AS Roma.
“I already worked with him, we have a good connection and he is one of the reasons why I came here,” Matic confessed after making the move to Italy.
“It’s not only easy to work with him, it can be hard! But he’s a winner and he’s exactly what I want from my coach and exactly what I like to do in my career is to win. He’s a winner, he transmits that energy to the players. I hope we can do big things together.”
Matic was a near-permanent fixture in Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side and was equally as important to the boss in Manchester, starting in 35 Premier League games in his first year at Old Trafford and only failing to complete 90 minutes in two of those matches.