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Roma have confirmed that Jose Mourinho will take over as their new manager on a three-year contract from next season just weeks after he left Tottenham.
The Serie A side have appointed a new boss with Paulo Fonseca now set to leave the club at the end of the season following a poor campaign with his side sitting 7th.
The statement, which was released to some surprise on Tuesday, reads: “Jose Mourinho has agreed a three-year contract with the Giallorossi that will run until 30 June 2024.
“He will begin his new role ahead of the 2021-22 campaign."
Mourinho has said ahead of his return to Italy: “Thank you to the Friedkin family for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision.
“After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma.
"It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project over the upcoming years.
“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.
“In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope the media appreciate that I will only speak further in due course. Daje Roma!”
Club president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin have said: “We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho into the AS Roma family.
“A great champion who has won trophies at every level, Jose will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.
“The appointment of Jose is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture throughout the club.”
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Tiago Pinto, Roma’s General Manager, then added: “When Jose became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time.
“We were blown away by Jose’s desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his primary focus is always on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.
“We know that in order to build a successful sporting project it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are supremely confident that Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future.
“Together with the vision and ambition of Dan and Ryan Friedkin, we will build the foundations of a new AS Roma.”
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