AS Roma boss José Mourinho has come out in support of striker Tammy Abraham amid growing interest in a possible Premier League return for the England international.
Abraham has come to life in the eternal city this season both in Serie A as well as in the Europa Conference League, bagging a combined 25-goals and 5-assists across all competitions on the home front and abroad in what has been a fantastic second lease on life for the Chelsea academy graduate.
Faced with the prospect of potentially losing one of his standout performers from this season, Mourinho has refused to stand in the way of Abraham should he - at some stage - wish to return home.
"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 at 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."
Abraham has been linked with interest from Champions League-chasing Arsenal, who will confirm their return to the top club competition in Europe next season should they defeat bitter rivals Tottenham on Thursday, as the Gunners continue to search for a replacement in the number 9 role with Alexandre Lacazette and in-form Eddie Nketiah both expected to leave in the summer on a free transfer.
Though the north London giants have been linked to other names the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Jonathan David, and Victor Osimhen, Abraham was on the shortlist of targets in the summer before he opted to move to Roma, and a return to interest should not be ruled this summer.