Jose Mourinho Confirms He Declined Huge Offer From Saudi Arabia Amidst AS Roma Struggles

Jose Mourinho Confirms He Declined Huge Offer From Saudi Arabia Amidst AS Roma Struggles

Martin Moses
October 3, 2023 at 10:32 AM
  • Jose Mourinho has revealed that he turned down a huge offer from Saudi Arabia
  • Mourinho insisted that he was keen on helping AS Roma, especially after a slow start to the season
  • Roma have only collected five points in their first 6 games of the campaign

Jose Mourinho has once again reiterated his commitment to AS Roma amidst a poor start to the new season.

The 2023 Europa League finalists have only won once and sit just above the relegation places, with pressure now mounting on Mourinho.

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AS Roma coach Josè Mourinho during a press conference at Centro Sportivo Fulvio Bernardini on September 30, 2023 in Rome, Italy. Photo by Fabio Rossi.
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Roma were battered 4-1 by Genoa in their midweek fixture. Speaking ahead of their Sunday home clash against Frosinone, the Portuguese manager insisted he was still committed to the Giallarossi.

The 60-year-old revealed that he rejected a huge offer from Saudi Arabia in the summer after that Europa League heartbreak to Sevilla in Budapest.

"I received the biggest proposal ever in the history of football for a manager. I decided to reject it because I told the AS Roma board, fans and players that I was going to stay. I gave them my word," as quoted by MEN.

Football journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that the said club was Al Hilal, who were ready to offer the 'Special One' a net salary of 30 million euros.

Mourinho: I am the man for the job

Mourinho then rejected calls to step down, insisting he was still the right person for the job.

"I’m not the problem. I can’t accept that. Until June 30, I’m here fighting for AS Roma. Unless Friedkin tells me not to do that, I’m here and I fight. I’m not scared."

Saudi Arabia made headlines in the summer after they managed to poach a flurry of top players. The likes of Karim Benzema, N'Golo Kante and Neymar ditched their European clubs and made a beehive for the Middle East.

They weren't as lucky in the managerial department with Fulham manager Marco Silva, and now Mourinho, turning down offers. Euro 2020 winner Roberto Mancini however, joined as the national team's boss.

Fans show their frustration after Roma's defeat

Sports Brief also reported on fans’ discontent after Roma’s defeat to Genoa.

As it is a custom, he led the players to approach the away end and applaud the travelling fans who had travelled over 500 kilometres to watch a shambolic display.

The fans were, however, having no applause and chanted back at them.

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