Barely arrived at the helm of AS Roma, Portuguese coach José Mourinho dismissed eight group players who had to do the pre-season work. Steven Nzonzi, Javier Pastore and six other Romans are due to leave the Italian capital this summer.
José Mourinho is wasting no time. Presented to the press on Thursday, the Portuguese coach is already working to build a team that must do much better than the 7th place obtained last season in Serie A. “There is a lot of work to be done internally, and it does not It will not necessarily always be a pleasure to work with me, he warned to reporters. There are some fundamental, non-negotiable principles. Anything that is not 100% is not right. “
The cleaning has already started. No sooner had he finished his first press conference than the Special One released a list of 27 players they are counting on for pre-season work.
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Nzonzi, Pastore, Pedro …
Eight players in the workforce are conspicuous by their absence: the French world champion Steven Nzonzi, loaned to Rennes and under contract until 2022, the former Argentinian leader of PSG Javier Pastore (until 2023), the goalkeeper Robin Olsen (2023), Italian defender Federico Fazio (2022), full-back Davide Santon (2022), Dutch striker Justin Kluivert (2023), ex-Chelsea striker Pedro (2023) and Croatian leader Ante Coric ( 2023).
According to Sky Italia these players have received a letter to warn them of their sidelining. They will train separately while waiting to find a new club, in the form of a transfer or a loan. Notice to amateur clubs …