Paris Saint-Germain Links Leave Jose Mourinho Uncertain About AS Roma Future

Paris Saint-Germain Links Leave Jose Mourinho Uncertain About AS Roma Future

Ero Samson
June 1, 2023 at 12:11 PM
  • Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be chasing Jose Mourinho's signature this summer
  • The 60-year-old is unsure of his future in the Serie A following Roma’s defeat to Sevilla
  • AS Roma’s failure to qualify for next season’s UCL have left Mourinho’s future uncertain

Sometimes a football match is more than just a football match and Wednesday’s Europa League final in Budapest was a great example of just that.

Sevilla eventually beat Roma 4-1 on penalties, after a 1-1- draw after 120 minutes of gruelling action.

Not only does it further cement Sevilla’s standing as the most successful Europa League club ever – the victory was a record-extending seventh title for the Spanish club in the competition – but it also throws up plenty of questions for Roma.

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PSG are believed to be chasing Jose Mourinho's signature this summer. Image: Chris Brunskil.
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Chief among those is the future of Roma manager, José Mourinho, after some less-than-certain remarks following his first-ever defeat in a European final.

“I have to fight for these lads and therefore not say objectively that I will remain,” Mourinho told Sky Sports Italia after the defeat.
“I spoke to the club in December when I had that approach from the Portuguese national team. I have not had any contact with anyone else since then. I have a year left on my contract and this is the situation.”

The Italian side had been relying on the qualification for the Champions League that comes with winning the Europa League, as well as the financial implications. They are facing financial penalties from UEFA for their past spending.

Missing out on European football’s premier competition could have serious ramifications for the club, with players likely to be sold to keep up with costs.

Mourinho exiting as Roma coach?

And with reports from ESPN linking Mourinho to a move away from the Italian capital, questions surrounding where the 60-year-old will be coaching next season are being asked. A return to Real Madrid or a move to Paris Saint-Germain is already being touted.

Overall, Mourinho has managed to revitalize his reputation as a manager at Roma after a few lean years with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

He helped win Roma’s first trophy in 11 years last season with victory in the inaugural Europa Conference League. In doing so, he became the third manager ever to have won all three existing major European trophies.

But he admitted after the defeat to Sevilla that this long season, in which Roma have played 54 games, with one more still to come, has taken its toll on him and his squad.

“We’re physically exhausted, mentally drained, feeling dead because we believe it’s an unjust defeat with numerous debatable incidents,” the Portuguese manager explained.
“We are dead tired but proud. I always say you can lose a football match, but never your dignity or professionalism. I lost this one, but I return home prouder than ever this time. The lads gave absolutely everything this season.”

Mourinho criticises referee Anthony Taylor

Wednesday’s final was an aggressive encounter that saw 13 cards handed out, including one for Mourinho himself.

Mourinho criticised referee, Anthony Taylor after the game, saying that the Englishman showed too many yellow cards.

“It was an intense, masculine, vibrant game with a referee who seemed Spanish. It was yellow, yellow, yellow all the time," he said. "We are accustomed to the influence of referees in our games, it's nothing new, but I didn't expect it in a European final.”

Though Mourinho's future may be uncertain, one thing that is for sure is that whether it be Rome, Paris, or Madrid- wherever it is, the cameras are sure to follow.

Mourinho throws away loser’s medal

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Mourinho threw his runners-up medal away into the crowd seconds after receiving it.

He was on the losing end of affairs after his AS Roma side lost the Europa League final to Sevilla at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

A Gianluca Mancini own-goal cancelled out Paulo Dybala's strike in the first half, with the two teams separated by penalty kicks.

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