‘One of the best to have ever walked on planet Earth’ – Tammy Abraham praises Roma boss Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho convinced Tammy Abraham to move to Roma from Chelsea last summer (Photo: Getty)

Roma striker Tammy Abraham has heaped praise on his manager Jose Mourinho, describing him as, ‘one of the best coaches ever.’

Abraham left Chelsea for Roma last summer after being deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge following the arrival of Romelu Lukaku and it was Mourinho who helped convince the 24-year-old to move to the Serie A side.

It was a risk, but the £36million transfer has worked out very well so far, with Abraham scoring 24 goals and making five assists across all competitions.

His efforts have also helped Roma to the Europa Conference League semi-finals, where they will play Leicester City on Thursday night.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Abraham highlighted the impact Mourinho has had on him this season, saying: ‘He knows how to really drive you, and this is what I needed.

‘I needed someone who can push me and bring the best out of me.

Abraham is aiming to win the inaugural Europa Conference League with Roma (Photo: Getty)

‘He’s one of them managers who doesn’t have to tell you how good you are and how good you played. He always wants more and for me and the players this is the perfect manager.

‘Jose is for me probably one of the best coaches to have ever walked on planet Earth.’

The move has been a great success for all parties, with Abraham now much higher up the pecking order when it comes to a place in the England team, with many considering him the country’s best back-up striker to Harry Kane, ahead of the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins.

His form has also seen him linked with a return to the Premier League with Arsenal, but the striker says he is focused on the job in Italy for now, although he did not rule a future transfer out.

‘I was born and raised in England, so of course there are many rumours here and there that there’s clubs interested,’ Abraham added.

‘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, where we finish in the league, and we’ll see what happens in the future.’

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