Mourinho Invites Unnamed Roma Player to Leave in Tirade

José Mourinho singled out one member of the squad, without naming him, for the way he performed while commenting on the 1-1 draw with Sassuolo in his post-game remarks to DAZN.

“Our effort wasn’t rewarded. We were betrayed by one player that didn’t act as a professional. I didn’t talk like that about Roger Ibanez because his attitude was top-notch and making a mistake is part of the game. Instead, it wasn’t correct in this case. I spoke with him in the locker room already, while I usually don’t do that after matches. I told him to find a new team in January.”

According to Sky and Corriere dello Sport, the player Mourinho lashed out against is Rick Karsdorp. He came in at half-time for Zeki Celik, but he lost a few tackles and wasn’t sharp on offense. In addition, he was caught out of position on a long ball that eventually led to the opponents’ equalizer.

Moreover, the Special One didn’t like how the fullback went directly into the locker room when he was replaced in the Derby. He changed his mind and returned afterward, but it still irked the gaffer. The Dutchman is under contract until 2025. It remains to be seen whether the rant will lead to his departure.

Our Take on Mourinho and Karsdorp

It’s tough to come back from an edict by the Portuguese coach. He targeted multiple backups after the collapse versus Bodo/Glimt last season. Only Marash Kumbulla managed to return in his good graces, while all the others were either frozen out or left the club. The wing-back is a regular but far from an indispensable player. Celik and Nicola Zalewski can substitute him, providing similar or better performances.

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