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Written By Onyeka Daniel

To say that Portuguese manager, Jose Mourinho is one of the greatest coaches of all time will not be so far from the truth. Of course, he’s also known for his antics, especially against opponents, even if they can be said to be unsportsmanlike, but he’s just trying to get a win and the result for his team.

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Renowned not just for winning trophies everywhere he went and his big game mentality, he also has a humane side of him that those that have worked with him usually speak of.

He has managed some of the best teams in the world, from his humble beginning at Barcelona, working as an assistant, to making his mark with Portuguese club, Porto. From there, it was an upward trajectory to Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and currently with Roma.

Mourinho recently showed that humane side of him when he interrupted his former assistant’s press conference with phone call to congratulate him on his team’s Egyptian Super Cup semi-finals. The special one called up his former assistant to congratulate him on his team’s Egyptian Super Cup semi-final win after watching one of the most dramatic penalty shootouts ever on Christmas Day.


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Ricardo Formosinho has worked alongside Mourinho at Porto, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Tottenham over the last 20 years, but is now in charge of the Egyptian top flight outfit Modern Future. He led his side In their last-four clash with Pyramids on Monday, and the game itself was a rather drab affair that ended goalless.

Few could have foreseen the drama that was set to unfold, as the two teams then took part in a penalty shootout that needed a remarkable 34 spot-kicks to find a winner, with Modern Future eventually prevailing 14-13. As the shootout went beyond 22 penalties, some players were required to step up twice. Pyramids defender Osama Galal took two penalties and failed to score on both occasions, with his second miss handing the win to Modern Future.

He took the call as he paused his press conference to speak to his former boss. He took the call as he paused his press conference to speak to his close friend Formosinho spoke to the media after his side’s victory, but his press conference was interrupted by a phone call from Mourinho, who had been keeping tabs on the shootout at Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.

As his phone began to ring, Formosinho reached into his pocket and quickly realised who was calling him. Without a moment’s hesitation, he made it clear to the press that he was going to take the call as he held up his phone and said: ‘Sorry, but guys I have to… [it’s] Jose Mourinho!’

As he answered the call, Formosinho immediately referred to Mourinho as ‘boss’, highlighting the high regard that he still holds him in despite the pair parting ways in recent years. Formosinho and Mourinho spoke on the phone for around 15 seconds before the former ended the call to resume his press conference. One member of the media joked ‘say hi to him’ after realizing who Formosinho was speaking to.

Meanwhile…

Juventus is looking to secure the renewal of Daniele Rugani after reports of an interest from Barcelona. The club directors are embroiled in several contract renewal negotiations as they look to confirm several players for years to come. Rugani is also amongst the Juventus players who are negotiating a new deal with the management.

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In fact, the 29-year-old’s current contract will expire at the end of the season, so the club must move at a fast pace on this particular front. Moreover, reports from Spain claim Barcelona are following the situation with interest. According to El Mundo Deportivo, the Blaugrana are looking to sign a new defender on a free transfer for next term.

The Catalan giants have reportedly highlighted Rugani as one of the possible candidates for the role alongside Atletico Madrid’s Mario Hermoso. Nevertheless, the report states that Juventus still have the advantage over the Spaniards who are yet to launch negotiations with the Italian defender. That being said, the report suggests that Barcelona’s emergence to the scene could force Juventus to accelerate their plans.

Juventus would like to tie down Rugani on a multi-year contract but are looking to lower his salary. The defender currently earns about €3m a year. Despite spending the vast majority of his Juventus stint on the bench, the centre-back has often proven himself as a reliable option whenever his services are called upon. This season, the former Empoli man has made eight Serie A appearances, contributing with a single goal.

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