Italy: Mourinho wants to extend the contract with Roma: Another betting incident

Experienced Milan footballer 32-year-old Alessandro Florenzi is the latest player to be investigated for illegal gambling

by Sededin Dedovic
Italy: Mourinho wants to extend the contract with Roma: Another betting incident
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Soccer coach Jose Mourinho is reportedly looking to extend his contract with the Italian club beyond its current expiration date at the end of the season, according to Italian media outlet Il Tempo. Mourinho, 60, joined Roma in 2021 and has been instrumental in the team's recent success, leading them to a Conference League title in the 2021/2022 season.

His passionate and charismatic approach has also endeared him to the club's passionate fan base. "Mourinho is thoroughly enjoying his time at Roma, particularly the immense support he receives from the fans and players," a source close to Il Tempo revealed.

"He feels he has unfinished business with this team and is eager to continue building upon the progress made so far." Despite initial concerns about the club's transfer policy last season, Mourinho has apparently had a change of heart and is now fully committed to Roma's project.

The final decision on his future, however, will rest with club president Dan Friedkin. Before joining Roma, Mourinho had a decorated managerial career, leading Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Porto, and Leiria to various trophies.

Betting scandals continue to plague Italian soccer

In a troubling development, experienced AC Milan soccer player Alessandro Florenzi has become the latest player to be investigated for illegal gambling. The 32-year-old defender is expected to provide his testimony in the coming days, according to news agency AGI.

This incident follows the recent cases of Sandro Tonali and Nicolo Faggioli, who were both charged by Turin prosecutors for their involvement in betting activities. Tonali and Faggioli subsequently reached plea agreements with the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC), resulting in bans of seven and ten months, respectively.

Nicolo Zaniolo, another Milan player, remains under investigation but has vehemently denied any involvement in sports betting, stating that his only gambling activities have been limited to video poker and blackjack. Florenzi is reportedly under a similar investigation, and his testimony will likely shed light on the extent of his involvement.