Roma midfielder Jordan Veretout called it “an honor” to have the chance to be trained by incoming manager José Mourinho.
The Frenchman, who scored ten goals and tallied two assists this season, admitted that Roma’s appointment of ‘The Special One’ is a sign of ambition in replacing manager Paulo Fonseca.
“I have to thank Fonseca for two good seasons, I made a lot of progress under him,” he told RMC Sport.
“He’s very humble, so I hope he finds a good club. He’s a very good manager and was always fair with us.”
He continued, “Mourinho is a great manager who has won many titles. In Italy, we remember the treble with Inter. I think it comes with ambition. It’s always an honor for players to be trained by great managers and achieve great objectives.”
When asked if he has the strong personality that Mourinho seeks, Veretout discussed his mindset when he’s on the pitch.
“My behavior completely changes when I step on to the pitch, it’s automatic,” he said.
“I want to win and I’ll do everything I can to help my team win. My job is to attack the guys who like to carry the ball — if I do this, then others will follow suit.”
He added, “It’s simple, when someone pushes you, you have to respond. If I see my teammate making a huge effort, it will trigger me to do so, too. My game is running and pressing, I’m not the type of guy who stops running if I don’t get the ball when I run forward.”