Opinion

What PSG move holds for Jose Mourinho

BOLOGNA, ITALY - MAY 14: Josè Mourinho head coach of AS Roma reacts during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and AS Roma at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on May 14, 2023 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
Andy Mattioli
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It is yet another moment of big transfer linkages and one of the most sought-after managers in the game of football, Jose Mourinho has hit the headlines. French giants PSG are said to be eyeing the Portuguese manager, who has posted a lot of success in his previous jobs, across Europe.

Jose Mourinho is currently at AS Roma and at that level, he is doing well, but the ambitious Mourinho has always wanted to do better. If a move to PSG happens, what then does it mean for Roma, PSG and Mourinho?

Running contract

First of all, and for the sake of context, Mourinho has a contract with Roma that still has a year to run, having joined the Italian side at the start of last season. He endeared himself to the Roma fans after guiding the team to win the Europa Conference League after beating Feyenoord in the final, and this season, the team is bidding for the Europa League. He is a darling of the Roma fans and a majority would expect him to extend his deal. That would however mean he rejects PSG’s overtures. Mourinho being linked to PSG isn’t a new occurrence; these links started last year.

It is not a secret; Mourinho has improved Roma, on a tight budget, and despite the controversies his time at Roma have attracted, the Roma hierarchy would want to keep the Portuguese manager. The fact that this interest has come up at a time Roma is preparing for the Europa League semis is a distraction the club wouldn’t have wanted, though Roma remain favorites to advance to the final, against Bayer Leverkusen.

Mourinho is already one of the highest ranked managers in terms of appearances at semi finals in Europe, which presents high chances of success against the German side, and a good opportunity to claim the bet365 bonus for new customers, which as reviewed on SportyTrader, guarantees returns of up to £30 in bet credits with only a minimum deposit of £1 and a qualifying bet as stated in the review.

Europa glory

If a move to PSG is to happen, Mourinho will definitely want to leave on the back of having led Roma to Europa League glory. He did the same at FC Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010 after winning the Champions League, and in his ambitious nature, many will bet a chance to manage PSG will be too hard to resist. Mourinho is never frugal, and at Roma he has been forced to be one, given the budgetary considerations there. It follows then that the biggest difference he will experience going to PSG is the freedom to spend.

This, freedom to spend, he may however have to take against an impatient fan base, and a leadership that doesn’t offer a lot of time for the manager to build, as seen through the managerial changes at the club in recent times.

A report that the Roma faithful will hope is untrue, is that the manager’s representatives have already had a meeting with the PSG Sporting Director Luis Campos and Mourinho’s agent George Mendes is pushing for a deal to happen.

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