Roger Ibanez becomes one of Mourinho’s Roma favorites

Andy Mattioli

As Jose Mourinho enters his second season in the Italian capital, the Portuguese technician continues to improve and deepen his relationship with several players in his squad.

Among those is Roger Ibanez. The Brazilian centre-back is coming off an underwhelming campaign in 21/22, and has recently shown flashes of brilliance helping Roma in its season opening, scoring a header against Monza on match-day four.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ibanez has climbed Mourinho’s preference list and is now considered one of his most trusted men. The Special One paid him numerous compliments in recent interviews, recognizing his growth and development under all aspects.

Together with Chris Smalling and Gianluca Mancini, Ibanez represents the kind of defender Mourinho seeks for his team. The player is now being scouted by the Brazilian national team as well as Roberto Mancini’s Italy.

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