Roma Closer to Securing Permanence of Three Pillars


On top of faring well on the pitch, Roma are getting results behind the scenes are well. Their makeup for next season is starting to come into focus. Chris Smalling will soon ink a new contract, and José Mourinho and Paulo Dybala are considered more likely to stay now than in recent the past.

The Englishman will sign a two-year deal with €3.5M wages, Sky informs (via Fantacalcio). The defender hinted at it directly before the return leg versus Feyenoord.

“We are very close, and I’m sure there will be new developments about it soon.”

Paulo Dybala is under contract with Roma for years to come, but his deal has a low release clause, especially for foreign clubs. His agent is spending time in the Italian capital. He and the club are setting the table for a new agreement that would run through 2026, removing any concern, Tuttomercatoweb informs.

Mourinho has yet to announce he will stay in the dugout next season, as his contract envisages, but he heavily alluded to it after punching his ticket to the Europa League semifinals (via Radio Sportiva).

“I’m happy here and can’t hide it. I like the people, and they like me. Everybody respects me at the Trigoria training facility. I have a good relationship with the ownership and the director. The players are fantastic, and I have tremendous empathy for them. I can’t say they are like children, because I love mine to death, but almost. I’m frustrated at times because I think about different ambitions for Roma, but we’ll see.”

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