Bryan Reynolds – currently on loan at Westerlo from Roma – discussed his move from MLS to the Italian capital in February 2021 and the subsequent loan spells in Belgium.
“I personally wouldn’t say anything went wrong,” Reynolds told Il Tempo.
“When I arrived in Italy I was 19 and probably not ready yet. I tried to maintain my normal lifestyle but everything was different and I didn’t know the language. In Rome I lived alone and that didn’t help. I had a lot of confidence when I was in Dallas, then the leap to Serie A was big and everything was different.”
“Mourinho? I am a player, he is the coach. I had full respect for him, even if he didn’t give me minutes. I’m not a footballer who makes a fuss if he doesn’t play. In training when I did something good he motivated me and if I made a mistake he took me back and spoke to me about it.”
“In general I think he expected more from me, I think he wanted more killer instinct in tackling and in my game. He often told me that, but it was nice to work under his guidance.”
“I want to go back to Roma. They have invested a lot of money in me and I want to return the favor to the club that changed my life. And I hope they also see me as a Roma player in the future.”