Europa League

Fonseca speaks ahead of second leg versus United: “Mourinho will do a great job here.”

John Solano

Roma manager Paulo Fonseca spoke for the first time following yesterday’s news that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

The Giallorossi shocked the footballing world yesterday when they announced that former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, would be taking over for the outgoing Fonseca, who leaves the Italian capital after two seasons.

“I’m a professional, this is something I hold sacred. I’m no different than the first day I got here,” said the 48 year-old ahead of tomorrow’s second leg against Manchester United.

“I’m motivated and I want to do the best for Roma until the last day I’m here. Mourinho is a great coach, he’ll do a great job here.”

When asked about his impending departure, Fonseca admitted, “Speaking honestly, it’s time to go our separate ways. But I’ll continue to be a professional.”

“We’ll see who plays tomorrow. Of course, it’s difficult that we’re able to come back, but nothing is impossible in football.”

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