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Tammy Abraham reveals why he chose to join Roma over Arsenal

Tammy Abraham reveals why he chose to join Roma over Arsenal

Abraham swaps London for Rome

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setting Roma back 36 million pounds, and has taken to life in Italy incredibly well.

The 24-year-old Englishman has contributed to five goals (2 goals and three assists) in seven Serie A appearances under Jose Mourinho, while he has also found the net twice in two UEFA Conference League fixtures, already showing more consistent form than he could sustain at Chelsea.

Abraham has also, astonishingly, hit the frame of the goal SIX times for the Serie A side, suggesting that his goalscoring record could yet improve further in Rome.

His good form has seen the striker earn a late call-up to the England squad courtesy of Gareth Southgate, after initially being left out, and he will be hoping to add to his six caps for the Three Lions this international break.

Former Chelsea man reveals why he opted to head to Serie A

At one point, it seemed as though Tammy Abraham may have been on his way to the Emirates to join up with Arsenal, instead of the side from the Italian capital.

However, a move across London was not forthcoming, and Abraham has since lifted the lid on what made him decide against waiting for the opportunity, to instead join Roma. Clearly, manager Jose Mourinho was a massive draw for the youngster, with the Cobham graduate saying:

“I picked up the phone and he was like: ‘Do you want to enjoy some sun or stay in the rain?’ I laughed,”

“At first I didn’t think much of it when we were speaking. My mindset was that I wanted to be in the Premier League. I felt like it was home, being around London, being around England.

“But when he speaks, you listen. He is a good man and has helped me a lot so far and hopefully we can build on it.

“I had different options. But I spoke to Jose and he had a goal, I could see where he wanted Roma to go and I wanted to be part of the process.

Ultimately, it boiled down to trust and game time:

“He really put his trust in me, so he was a big reason why I chose Roma.”

Although Chelsea allegedly boast a buyback clause as part of their deal with Roma, will they come to rue letting Tammy Abraham leave London?

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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