Jose Mourinho and Saudi Arabia. It seems destined to happen. It will be a matter of time. At least, judging by the Portuguese coach’s latest words.
Mourinho expressed his desire to work in the country, although he remembers that he is committed to Roma, and is committed to his work in the Italian club, with which he has a contract until the end of the current season.
This came in an interview with the Egyptian channel MBC Misr, affiliated with the Saudi MBC group.
In the conversation, Mourinho indicated that he had already visited Saudi Arabia on two occasions, in the cities of Riyadh and Jeddah. In the beginning, with Inter Milan, “while working, there was little time to smell the culture.” “By the second, with more time, it was a lot of fun, and I could understand what was coming,” he said.
What is to come is the development of football in the country. It is a process that Mourinho also wants to be associated with. The Portuguese coach confirmed: “No one knows the future, but I will definitely work in Saudi Arabia.”
Amid Roma’s results crisis – and speculation over his future – Mourinho recently stated that he rejected a “crazy offer” from Saudi Arabia last summer. It will be a gift from Al Hilal, which will be willing to pay him 30 million euros annually.
Strangely, on Saturday, the Italian press once again doubted Mourinho’s continued leadership of Roma. The Corriere dello Sport newspaper confirmed that he will be fired if he does not win against Cagliari on Sunday. He even named a successor: it will be German Hansi Flick, who recently left the leadership of the German national team.
A few days ago, the same press spoke of Antonio Conte as a possible successor. However, Roma won the last two matches.
In the midst of all this, Mourinho, 60, finds himself working in Saudi Arabia.
“Doors are open for me in Saudi Arabia. I want to feel the development that is happening there. Cristiano Ronaldo was the first to leave and immediately offered a different perspective. Many players, not just those in the final stages of their careers, go to Saudi Arabia because the competition is strong. “Not only in the tournament, but also in the AFC Champions League, which is very interesting,” he said.
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