Mourinho Banishes Eight Roma Players From First Day Of Pre-Season Training

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho before the match.

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Jose Mourinho has fired-up his Roma reign by telling eight first-team players they are not part of his plans.

Mourinho minced no words when his recent record in the Premier League was questioned during the formal presentation as AS Roma coach.

“What is considered a disaster for me is something other coaches have never achieved in their lives,” the former Spurs manager said. “But that’s the way it is and that’s down to me.”

In a similar fiery manner, the new Roma boss has started his pre-season camp. According to Sky Sport Italia , eight first-team stars will not train with the rest of the squad and Mourinho wants all of them to be sold ahead of the new season.

The eight players that the 58-year-old wants out include Justin Kluivert, Pedro, Ante Coric, Robin Olsen, Davide Santon, Javier Pastore, Steven Nzonzi, and Federico Fazio.

Incidentally, Pedro was one of Mourinho’s signings during his second-stint with Chelsea, while Kluivert was famously linked with a potential move to Old Trafford after the Europa League final in 2017.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was binned to Arsenal in favour of Alexis Sanchez, is ironically not in the exodus list, and was called up for the start of Roma’s pre-season training.

Apart from the long-list of outgoings, Mourinho has also supposedly marked the potential incomings at the Stadio Olimpico. Rui Patricio’s arrival from Wolves is imminent, while Roma are also rumoured to be chasing Eric Bailly and Granit Xhaka.