Jose Mourinho has already started to wield the axe at Roma, reportedly telling eight members of his first-team squad that they don’t have a future at the Stadio Olimpico and will be sold this summer.
Mourinho, who took his first training session with his new club on Thursday, has wasted little time in stamping his authority on his new squad after taking his first role since being sacked by Tottenham earlier this year.
Ante Coric, Davide Santon and Federico Fazio have also reportedly been cast aside by their new manager.
Roma have been linked with a host of players this summer including Wolves stopper Rui Patricio and Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka as they look to improve upon last season’s seventh-place finish in Serie A.
However, speaking at his first press conference as Roma boss, Mourinho insisted he is yet to open discussions with any players regarding joining the club.
‘I have not spoken to anyone. You can choose to believe whether that is true or not, but I have not spoken to anyone,’ the ex-Tottenham manager confirmed.
‘I speak with Tiago (Roma’s general manager), I speak with the ownership, I speak with different people within the club… but as far as players go, I have not spoken with any of them.’
Mourinho signed a three-year contract to succeed former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca in May.