Mourinho Currently Expected to Coach Roma Next Season

José Mourinho is leaning toward respecting his contract, which lasts until 2024, and continuing guiding Roma next season, even without an extension, which would be natural for top coaches in these circumstances. According to Corriere dello Sport, the Special One wants to quiet the rumors about his future to focus on the matches.

He’d be in high demand should he move on. He’d be the top choice of Newcastle. In addition, he’s close with PSG’s director Luis Campos, as they are both represented by Jorge Mendes. The buzz about a possible move to Ligue 1 had become too loud for the coach’s liking.

Mourinho spent most of the break in London, and, even though he wants to meet with the Roma owners to gain even more influence, he won’t force his way out. If he doesn’t change his mind later on, his permanence would have meaningful ramifications transfer market-wise.

Paulo Dybala would have little doubts if the Special One were still in the dugout. Chris Smalling would be keener on signing a new contract. Instead, it appears Nemanja Matic will stay regardless. The conditions to trigger a one-year extension have been met.

Our Take on Mourinho and Roma

It’ll be clear in June whether this choice is final or just a strategic leak to calm things down for a few months while they compete for franchise-altering objectives. A long saga with constant twists and turns would have been too big of a distraction. It’d be uncharacteristic for him to stay without a new deal, but both he and the club often operate outside the norm. It’d be better if the eventual split were sudden and not dragged out.

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