Mourinho: “I was afraid of losing Zaniolo in the summer.”

Roma manager Jose Mourinho has come out in the open and addressed the summer rumours linking Giallorossi attacker Nicolo Zaniolo with an exit from the capital club. The Special One was asked about the 23-year-old’s stay beyond the summer window in last night’s post-match presser.

“General Manager Tiago Pinto never came up to me and said ‘there’s a possibility he might leave.’ Never. But, you read a lot of things, especially this past summer,” he told reporters after the match with Helsinki.

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“I knew he’s an important player for us, with different qualities compared to others. He’s the only one with this kind of physical potential,” Mourinho added.

“Yes, I was a bit afraid he might leave us. Not a lot because Tiago Pinto never discussed it with me, never mentioned there was a concrete possibility.”

“Zaniolo is a good kid. When I first came here they all told me he was very unprofessional. Either they were lying to me, or he’s changed a lot. He’s never been late to training, never caused me any problems.”

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