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Tottenham may no longer have to pay the huge compensation fee owed to Jose Mourinho after their former head coach was appointed as Roma boss. The Italian club announced Mourinho as their new boss on Tuesday, just over a fortnight after the Portuguese was axed by the north Londoners.
Mourinho will become Roma’s new manager from the start of next season. He will replace Paulo Fonseca, who has led I Giallorossi to the Europa League semi-finals this season, although they were beaten 6-2 by Manchester United in the first leg at Old Trafford.
However, Roma sit a disappointing seventh in Serie A and have turned to Mourinho as they seek to climb back among the elite in Italian football.
The 57-year-old was placed on gardening leave by Spurs two weeks ago, meaning that the Premier League side were set to have to pay his contract in full until its expiration. But Mourinho taking up employment elsewhere means that may no longer be the case.
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Roma, three-times Serie A winners, say they appointed Mourinho because he is the most suitable club to guide their project.
“When Jose became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time,” Tiago Pinto, the club’s general manager, said.
“We were blown away by Jose’s desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his primary focus is always on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.
“We know that in order to build a successful sporting project it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are supremely confident that Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future. Together with the vision and ambition of [owners] Dan and Ryan Friedkin, we will build the foundations of a new AS Roma.”