Jose Mourinho has spoken on Tammy Abraham England return with Arsenal and Chelsea keen on the 24-year-old star.
Mourinho says he will not stand in Arsenal target Tammy Abraham’s way if he asks to leave Roma and return to the Premier League – but he is confident the striker wants to remain in Italy.
The 24-year-old has excelled in Rome since leaving Chelsea last summer, netting 15 goals in Serie A and helping the side reach the final of the Europa Conference League later this month.
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Abraham’s strong form has seen him linked with an immediate return to England, with Arsenal and Chelsea keen on the English man.
Tammy Abraham is a summer transfer target for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his forward options this summer whilst Chelsea hold a buy-back option on Abraham that can be enacted in a years time.
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The Englishman is clearly loving his new life in Italy having become an household name in Stadio Olimpico. However, Mourinho has admitted he would not stand in the forward’s way if he wants to leave but remains confident his talisman will remain in the capital
Mourinho told Sky Sports: “Against Leicester he was absolutely amazing and at this moment I joke and say ‘I refuse to praise him’ because he can always do better.
“He knows how happy I am. He knows how much I love the kid and the player and I’m proud of what we are doing and I’m so happy for Tammy.
“We have got into this situation where I demand a lot from him because I know he can do amazingly well.”
He continued: “I don’t think it’s an easy decision for a young player to leave his club, his house, his city, his country and to leave the Premier League which is of course a competition that when a player is in its hard to leave.
“He took that option and I think he took it because he trusted me. And I think in this moment, if he wants to go back to England – I don’t think he wants to no – but if he wants to go back to England he just needs to click his fingers and I’m so happy for him.
“He’s back in the national team and is loved in Rome.”
“I don’t say proven everybody wrong, because I think everyone knows he’s a good player and I think also, with Smalling, Tomori and Tammy, showing the English boys that there is life outside the Premier League and in Italy there’s a life that makes them even better players.”
Addressing the speculation about his future last month, Abraham himself said: ‘I was born and raised in England, so of course there are many rumours here and there that there’s clubs interested.
‘I’m clearly doing something right at Roma if people are interested. I just have to stay focused, keep doing my thing, keep playing my football, focus on this competition [Europa Conference League], where we finish in the league, and we’ll see what happens in the future.’
Tammy Abraham goal in 1-0 victory over Leicester led Roma to their first European final in 31 years where they meet Feyenoord in the inaugural final of the UEFA Conference League on May 25.