Despite rumored calls from across the continent, José Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to remain with Roma. Signed in the summer of 2021, the Special One breathed new life into the Giallorossi, bringing thousands of fans to the Stadio Olimpico and playing a major role in the acquisitions of Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku.
Despite those plaudits, Mourinho’s side has been mired in sixth place the last two seasons, missing out on the Champions League revenue they so desperately need, putting his future in the capital in doubt. It's not that Mourinho was in danger of being sacked, mind you, but the prevalence of contract renewal rumors waxed and waned with the club's performance on the pitch.
While the Giallorossi are stuck in eighth place at the halfway point of the season, with only a four-point gap between them and fourth-place Bologna, Roma is in the thick of the Champions League chase, which brings us to today's news.
Reports from Calciomercato.com suggest that Roma is currently preparing a new one-year contract for Mourinho. The new deal may become official sometime in February, and it is believed that it will include an option for a second season based on Champions League qualification, essentially giving Mourinho one more year to prove he can bring the Giallorossi back to the big dance.
We'll have much more to say if and when this deal comes to pass, but as Calciomercato speculates, Mourinho's sway with the public has played a big role in this process, so there will be a lot to unpack—stay tuned!