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Nicola Zalewski on Mourinho’s support: “How can I not be appreciative of him?”

Andy Mattioli
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Roma wide man Nicola Zalewski – whose first start for the Giallorossi over a year ago catapulted him into being among Jose Mourinho’s regulars – discussed the Special One’s impact and support since his appointment at the club in a recent interview with Polish magazine Pilka Nozna.

“Mourinho helps me a lot: in every difficult moment, not only on the pitch but also in life, I can count on the coach, my teammates, the whole club,” said the young fullback who lost his father in the fall of 2021.

“A few days after my father died, he made me play the derby even though I had never actually played that season. How could I not appreciate such a gesture? In a way, I was prepared for my father’s death, the doctors had prepared us, but it was still a very difficult time for me. I am very grateful to the coach, my team mates, everyone at Roma for their support.”

“Among my teammates Lorenzo Pellegrini helps me the most. He’s special because he’s the captain of Roma, but we also meet outside the club. We have known each other for a long time, we are represented by the same agent, we sometimes go out to dinner in a group. We have a great relationship.”

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