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Abraham ‘fell in love’ with Roma and is star-struck by Mourinho

Tammy Abraham explains why he initially turned down a move from Chelsea to Roma, then ‘fell in love with this place’ and his special nickname for Jose Mourinho.

The striker was purchased from Chelsea for €40m over the summer, although negotiations dragged out for a while before he finally relented.

“At first, when they initially contacted me, I thought to myself, ‘This isn’t for me’”, Abraham told CBS Sports.

“But then, when people explain to your their ambitions, and show that they have faith you and make you feel valuable, that’s when you want to give them everything you can.”

“As soon as I arrived here, I fell in love with this place.”

The 24-year-old Englishman is still trying to get to grips with the culture and above all the language, but he is thoroughly enjoying this Italian adventure.

He has support in the form of coach Mourinho, with their rapport going way back.

“I still look up to him as an idol. And I never told him this, but every time I see him I’m still star-struck even though I see him every day.

“When he was at Chelsea, I was there, but I was still a young kid. I trained with him a couple of times so I knew what he was like a little bit and since coming here, I call him my uncle of Rome.”

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