Roma have announced the signing of midfielder Nemanja Matic after he left Man United

Roma announces the capture of Nemanja Matic from Manchester United on a free transfer

Roma announces the capture of Nemanja Matic from Manchester United on a free transfer… with the veteran midfielder admitting it’s ‘not always easy’ working with Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese boss signed him for a THIRD time

  • Roma have announced the signing of Man United midfielder Nemanja Matic
  • The 33-year-old Serbian will reunite with boss Jose Mourinho for a third time
  • Matic spent five years at Manchester United after joining from rivals Chelsea

Roma have announced the signing of midfielder Nemanja Matic after his departure from Manchester United.

The Serbia international, who revealed in April that he would be leaving Old Trafford at the end of the season, is reunited with former boss Jose Mourinho for a third time.

The 33-year-old has signed for Roma on a one-year contract that runs until 30 June 2023. The deal also has the option to extend by an additional year.

Roma have announced the signing of midfielder Nemanja Matic after he left Man United

Roma said in a statement on their official website: ‘The club is delighted to confirm the signing of Nemanja Matic. Matic, 33, has put pen-to-paper on a one-year contract with the Giallorossi that runs until 30 June 2023.’

Matic, who spent five years at United after joining from Chelsea, added: ‘I am pleased and honored to be joining this club and I cannot wait to start the new season with my team-mates.

‘Roma is a big club, with amazing fans and a coach, Jose Mourinho, who is well known to everyone – making the decision to come here very straightforward. I hope that by working together we are able to achieve some great things.’

Matic (right) has signed for Roma on a one-year contract that runs until 30 June 2023. The deal also has the option to extend by an additional year

Matic (right) has signed for Roma on a one-year contract that runs until 30 June 2023. The deal also has the option to extend by an additional year

Matic has a long history with Mourinho, who he played under at both Manchester United and Chelsea.

The midfielder has played 159 times for the Portuguese manager, more than he has played under any other boss.

He went on to speak about their relationship in more detail by saying: ‘I already worked with him, we have a good connection and he is one of the reasons why I came here.

‘It’s not only easy to work with him, it can be hard! But he’s a winner and he’s exactly what I want from my coach and exactly what I like to do in my career is to win. He’s a winner, he transmits that energy to the players. I hope we can do big things together.’

Matic, who won two Premier League titles with Chelsea in 2015 and 2017 – the first under Mourinho – signed a new three-year deal with United in 2020, but the final year was optional.

He made over 100 Premier League appearances during his spell at Old Trafford after arriving from Chelsea for Β£40million in 2017, but started only 16 times last season.

Chelsea first signed him from Kosice in 2009, but he moved on to Benfica after limited game time in 2011 before returning to Stamford Bridge for Β£21m in 2014.

The 33-year-old Serbian will reunite with former United boss Jose Mourinho for a third time

The 33-year-old Serbian will reunite with former United boss Jose Mourinho for a third time

Matic is now excited about the prospect of helping Roma reach new heights – claiming the team has ‘a lot of potential’.

The midfielder said: ‘I watched some games, there is potential that with good work we can achieve big things. Let’s see next season what we can do, but I am sure we can do a lot.’

While Roma’s general manager Tiago Pinto added: ‘Nemanja brings with him to Roma not just a lot of quality on the pitch, but the vast experience he has gained from so many seasons in the Premier League and a focus and mentality that has consistently set him apart throughout his career.’

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