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Why Roma Are Reluctant To Renew With Jose Mourinho As The Club Assess Bonucci For January Transfer

Written By Onyeka Daniel

There have been conflicting reports on the future of former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager, Jose Mourinho with Roma, but a recent report has now offered some clarity over the issue.

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He has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia and the Special one, as he’s fondly known has revealed that he would one day work in the middle east, but at the same time, it looks like he might continue with the Giallorossi. After his team’s recent defeat to Roma, Mourinho revealed that he would like to continue with the club.

But under certain circumstances, depending on the direction that the club wants to be go, with the decision now resting solely on the shoulder’s of the club owner. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma owners are in no hurry to extend Mourinho’s contract as they are waiting to see the team’s results in the second part of the season.

Mourinho revealed last weekend that he’s ready to stay at the Stadio Olimpico but warned that he expects an offer shortly, given that his contract runs out in June 2024. According to the report, however, the Giallorossi owners are in no rush to extend with the Portuguese coach. The report claims the Friedkin family is waiting to see the results in the second half of the season.


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Mourinho is aware that the primary target for the Giallorossi is to qualify for the Champions League, something he failed to accomplish in his first two seasons at the club, despite winning the Conference League in 2022 and reaching the Europa League Final in 2023.

According to the report, contract extensions for the coach and the players are not a priority now as Roma directors and owners want the team to remain focused on the upcoming Serie A fixtures and the possible Derby della Capitale in Coppa Italia against Lazio.

The friedkins would happily extend with Mourinho, especially because most fans want him to stay. At the same time, however, they are waiting to see what happens in the next few games before offering a new deal to their coach.

Mourinho’s future at the club will also have a direct impact on Romelu Lukaku’s future as the club will decide against signing the Belgian permanently should they fail to retain Mourinho. It should be recalled that Lukaku joined the club from Chelsea on the last day of the summer transfer window after his purported move to Inter Milan Had fallen through.

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Just six months after his arrival, Leonardo Bonucci might moving on from Union Berlin, and Roma are mulling making a run at him. A lot has changed since he transferred to Germany, and that could entice him to depart and return to the Peninsula, Corriere dello Sport informs. The Bundesliga side hasn’t been as competitive as expected.

They went on a lengthy losing streak and finished last in the Champions League. Playing on the continental stage was one of the reasons that convinced the veteran to pick them. Moreover, they fired coach Urs Fischer, who was a proponent of the signing. His successor Nemanja Bjelica hasn’t deployed him yet.

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Roma are hunting for at least one more defender, and Bonucci would be a cheap option to address the role. He’ll make €1M in the second half of the campaign. He plays the same position as Chris Smalling. There are no certainties about when the Englishman will return from his injury.

The Giallorossi touched base with the longtime Juventus staple in the summer, although Lazio did more legwork on him before he decided to move abroad for a few reasons. Spending time with Mourinho could beneficial for the two parties, especially for Bonucci who could probably seal a place in the Italy squad going to the Euro 2024 tournament in Germany if he can return to the good form he had with Juventus.

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