Roger Ibanez: “I can only thank Mourinho for Brazil call-up.”

Roma defender Roger Ibanez is for the first time participating in Brazil’s training camp following an emotional call-up from coach Tite, who took notice of the 23-year-old’s endeavours with Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

In a recent interview with GloboEsporte, Ibanez thanked Mourinho for giving him the spotlight and allowing him to grow as a regular start in Italy. “I can only thank Mourinho. Since he arrived he has given me confidence, he has left me free to do what I wanted on the pitch, he has given me advice, he has told me what was right to do sometimes.”

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“He’s added so much to my career. And in that conversation he had with Tite, I just have to thank him for vouching for me. This may have influenced the manager’s choice.”

“It was an unexpected moment. I was at home, sitting on the sofa with my family, watching a movie, and out of nowhere my brother-in-law tells me I’ve been called by Brazil. I did not believe it. Then I watched Tite’s presser they were broadcasting live, went back a little bit with the video, and when I heard my name, I knew I got in.”

“It was very beautiful, very exciting, I was with my family and we could enjoy it together. It was a reaction of euphoria, the phone didn’t stop ringing.”

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