Mourinho More Likely to Depart Roma Than to Stay

Roma owner Dan Friedkin is spending time in Italy for some pivotal meetings concerning the future of the club. He’ll have a wide-ranging summit with his son and vice-president Ryan and CEO Lina Souloukou soon, Corriere dello Sport informs.

He’ll inevitably need to address the future of José Mourinho and Tiago Pinto, who will be out of contract in June. At this stage, there have been no contacts with the camp of the Special One to renew his deal. He and the Giallorossi seem destined to part ways naturally.

The Portuguese coach is in high demand, with Saudi Arabia leading the queue to capture his services. Friedkin doesn’t seem keen on even opening a negotiation. The president is also irritated by some of the stances of the boss, who routinely blames the club for not doing enough to back him. The parties aren’t on the best of terms.

Obtaining great results this season could still change the position of the Roma patron. However, he could mandate the execs to inquire about potential hires in the coming days.

The sporting director isn’t certain about staying either but has better chances than Mourinho. His rapport with the owner isn’t as rocky. Pinto will be evaluated primarily based on how the team and his signings fare the rest of the way.

In the meantime, Mourinho quickly responded to Maurizio Sarri ahead of the Derby between Roma and Lazio.

“I think if anyone should be offended it’s Slavia Prague, not me. He makes it sound like they aren’t a good team. Maybe what makes the difference in a career is the way you approach games. Maybe the difference between a coach who has won 26 trophies and another who’s not won much is precisely this mentality: taking every tilt seriously and not considering any match a friendly.”

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