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Roma boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he’s pleased with the capture of Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.
Roma has dished out £34m to sign the 23-year-old from Chelsea, and Mourinho has backed the young English striker to do well.
Mourinho has revealed that he knows Tammy from his time at the club and has absolute confidence in the striker.
“The reality is that we started pre-season thinking that we had [Edin] Dzeko and what happened was a bit of a surprise for all of us,” Mourinho told Roma’s in-house media.
“In an incredibly difficult market and in a financial situation that is difficult for every, or more precisely almost every club, having the willingness, the ambition, the respect for the fans’ emotions and reacting in this way after losing Dzeko and bringing in Tammy Abraham was a real coup.
“Even if he hadn’t joined I still would’ve had a positive view of the owners and the general managers given they did everything possible to react to the departure of a top player like Dzeko. They’ve been fantastic.
“As for Tammy, I prefer to say, ‘wait and see’. I say that with total confidence.
“I’ve known him since he was a boy. He’s never played for me because he was a 14, 15, 16-year-old boy when I was at Chelsea but I know him very well.
“I know him as a player and as a person in terms of his mentality.
“I know how he made the decision to leave the Premier League, which is always tough for an English player. That tells me so much about him.
“Because when you leave the Premier League you do so because you’re ambitious. You leave because you want to get back into your national team, because you want to play at the World Cup, because you want success outside of England where not that many English players have had brilliant careers.
“He comes here with that ambition and we hope to see his best qualities as a player.”