Mourinho Lieutenant Poised to Extend His Roma Sojourn

Nemanja Matic is likely to stay at Roma next season regardless of the future of José Mourinho. The midfielder originally inked a one-year contract with an optional second season. He has featured in 31 matches so far, scoring once and setting up a teammate twice.

According to Il Tempo (via Tuttomercatoweb), the Serb is expected to pick up the clause without necessarily waiting for the Special One to make his decision. His family has been comfortable in the Italian capital. He doesn’t want to move again so soon.

Roma had some reservations from the physical standpoint at first, but Matic has stayed healthy. He has been a regular starter in 2023. While the Portuguese gaffer was instrumental in bringing him to the Giallorossi after his Manchester United run, the future of the boss might not be a key factor.

The manager has looked restless toward the ownership and the management in his latest comments. La Lupa has to juggle onerous Financial Fair Play restrictions, which limit how much they can spend on the transfer market. Instead, Mourinho would like to compete for the Scudetto next season.

Our Take on Roma and Matic

They have resisted using him and Bryan Cristante together in the first half of the season, but the pair, despite the lack of dynamism, has worked well after the World Cup break. It gives them a ton of balance, allowing them to field two aggressive wingbacks and three attackers with relatively low work rates. They were able to turn to a more regular-looking formation with Nicolò Zaniolo no longer in town.

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