Ex-Chelsea star Pedro may regret past Mourinho comments after Roma appointment

Jose Mourinho spent just 15 days away from football after being sacked by Tottenham before being confirmed as the new Roma manager.

The two-time Champions League-winning coach will take over from Paolo Fonseca next season, with the managerial change confirmed on Tuesday.

Mourinho has worked in Italy before with Inter Milan, and also has history with a few of his new players.

Spanish forward Pedro played for him at Chelsea, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling were both part of his squad at Manchester United.

And it seems he's got some work to do just to win over his old players, due to comments made by Pedro in the past.

The winger detailed the fall-out from Chelsea winning the league in 2015 and the events which saw Mourinho depart Stamford Bridge for a second time.

"It was about everything, everything just wasn’t right,” he said.

"We were very low in the league, the spirits were very low, the trust was very low, everything was going wrong.

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  • "It made it very difficult to be fit, to be in a good position.

    "It was just the whole thing – it wasn’t right."

    Mourinho will officially take the reins at the Stadio Olympic from the start of next season.

    The 58-year-old will be tasked with turning around a difficult season for Roma, who have missed out on European football for next year.

    But Mourinho seems confident of the task at hand, as he explained: "After meetings with the ownership, I immediately understood their ambitions for Roma. Together we want to build a winning project.

    “The incredible passion of the fans convinced me to accept the job. I can't wait to start next season. Daje Roma!"

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