Nicola Zalewski grateful for Mourinho’s trust: “He was willing to bet on me.”

Andy Mattioli

Roma player Nicola Zalewski – currently away on international duty with the Polish national team – was interviewed by Sportweek and asked to summarize his first season as a regular starter for the Giallorossi, following his emergence in Leonardo Spinazzola’s absence.

“If someone had asked me about my definition of a dream, I would have replied: winning a European trophy as a starter,” said the 20-year-old.

“A lot things go through my head when I think about this past season,” he continued. “The opportunity given to me by Mourinho, his willingness to bet on me as a fullback, a role that wasn’t my natural one… the emotions of playing in a final, where perhaps I may have looked a bit timid due to the amount of pressure I felt.”

“And then so many other things that took place off the pitch which made this year a particular one for me.”

On his relationship with Mourinho, Zalewski commented, “A normal player-manager relationship. Nothing more, nothing less.”

Finally, he concluded about his future, “I hope it will be full of satisfactions because I feel good at Roma.”

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