Jose Mourinho breaks silence on Arsenals interest in Roma striker Tammy Abraham

Jose Mourinho has broken his silence on Arsenal's reported interest in Roma and England striker Tammy Abraham.

The Gunners were strongly linked with a move for the 24-year-old last summer before he completed his £36million move to the Italian capital from Chelsea. After scoring 25 goals during his first season with Roma, Arsenal are again understood to be targeting a move for Abraham, with the Daily Mirror reporting Roma are willing to sell for around £67.5million.

Roma boss Mourinho has now responded to the reports linking Abraham with a move, telling Sky Sports: "I don’t think it’s an easy decision for a young, local player to leave his club.

"To leave his house, his city, his country, to leave the Premier League – which of course is a competition that, when a player is in it, it’s hard to leave.

"He made that option and I think he made it by trust in me, and I think in this moment, if he wants to go back to England – I don’t think he wants now – but if he wants to go back to England he just needs to click his fingers.

“I’m so happy for him, back to the national team, loved in Rome. I don’t want to say he’s proven everybody wrong, because I think everyone knows that he’s a good player.

"And I think also with [Chris] Smalling and [Fikayo] Tomori showing the English boys that there is life outside the Premier League and in Italy there is a life that makes them even better players than they are."

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Abraham is Roma's top scorer this season after scoring 25 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions, including 15 in 35 in the league, where the club currently sit sixth with two matches remaining.

The former Chelsea man has responded himself to the rumours of a possible return to England, admitting: "I was born and raised in England, so of course there are many rumours here and there that there’s clubs interested. 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 [Europa Conference League], where we finish in the league. We’ll see what happens in the future."

Abraham's move to Roma last summer came after he fell out of favour at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel, making just seven appearances following the German manager's arrival in January 2021.

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