Jose Mourinho: Roma Boss Turns Down Lucrative Saudi Offer After Meeting in London

Jose Mourinho: Roma Boss Turns Down Lucrative Saudi Offer After Meeting in London

Elijah Odetokun
June 15, 2023 at 7:28 AM
  • Jose Mourinho’s future at AS Roma continues to be a subject of speculation
  • The Special One guided the club to two consecutive European finals in his first two years
  • He has a year left on his contract but is attracting interest from Europe and beyond

Jose Mourinho’s next move remains unclear after AS Roma lost the UEFA Europa League final to Sevilla on penalties in a contentious manner.

Mourinho joined Roma in 2021 and signed a three-year contract, but after two years of overachieving with limited financial backing, there are doubts he will continue.

He guided the club to win the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League in his first season and reached back-to-back European finals in his second season.

Jose Mourinho, Roma, Sevilla, Puskas Arena, Budapest, Europa League.
Jose Mourinho applauds the Roma fans after losing the Europa League final. Photo by Flaviu Buboi.
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The former Chelsea boss has received offers from European clubs, national teams and Saudi Arabia but has turned down everything suggesting he will stay in Rome.

Mourinho rejects Saudi offer

Football Italia reports that the Special One held a meeting yesterday in London with Saudi club Al Ahli representatives on the possibility of taking over the vacant managerial position.

According to LaRoma24, Mourinho was not interested in the move to the Middle East despite receiving a lucrative offer from the club’s president.

There are growing reports in the Italian media that he could extend his contract with the Giallorossi by two years to the summer of 2026.

Transfer activity to bolster the squad is already on. Algerian midfielder Houssem Aouar has joined, and Evan Ndicka is expected to be announced next week, while Roma are the frontrunner for Gianluca Scamacca.

Roma will re-enter the Europa League next season after finishing sixth in the Serie A table thanks to a last-minute winner from Paulo Dybala on the final day, to send his former club Juventus down to the Conference League.

Mourinho hints at Roma stay

Sports Brief reported that Mourinho gave a telling reaction to Roma fans as he walked off the Stadio Olimpico pitch after the season's final game.

In an apparent statement of intent, he beat his chest and pointed to the ground, which received a loud cheer and applause from the crowd.

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