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“I want to continue, I want to go on” —José Mourinho not ready to retire anytime soon

In what has been a historic career for the Portuguese manager, having completed 22 years as a club manager, Mourihno highlighted how Roma exceeded the expectations of many last season and underlined his desire for more this year.

Last season, the Portuguese coach led the Giallorossi to their first European championship after defeating Feyenoord 1-0 in the maiden edition of the Europa Conference League. 

After a successful summer transfer window which saw them sign players like Paulo Dybala, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Nemanja Matic, one would believe Roma is eager to compete for a top-four finish this season. 

Speaking at the Quinas de Ouro event in Portugal (as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport), Mourinho discussed last year’s work and his goals for this campaign. 

He stated, “Last season we did what no one expected, this year we’ll try to do better. We don’t have the same economic potential as our rivals. 

“We had a €7m transfer market, but we have quality, passion, many people who like to work together, which is an important thing, and then at the end of the season we will see.” 

He also underlined his consistent hunger and desire to continue working at the top for years to come. 

“These 22 years have passed quickly, but I want to continue. I feel good, I feel strong, motivated, I like winning, I hate losing, nothing has changed.  

“The colour of my hair, yes, even the wrinkles, but I want to go on. Not for another 22 years, as there is no time, but for a few more years.” 

Furthermore, Mourinho commented on the reaction from the game against Atalanta in the weekend, in which he was sent off, he said;

“Today, as I celebrate 22 years as a manager, the expulsion is nothing new for me, perhaps it reflects my way of being. I don’t want it to change.”

The red card meant that he will not be present on the sideline for the Giallorossi’s Serie A fixture against Inter. With 13 points from four victories and a draw in the first seven games of the season, Roma has enjoyed a decent start to the season and now sit sixth in Serie A.

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