Paulo Dybala, former Juventus player and newly signed midfielder at AS Roma has rejected the No.10 jersey number after he was offered by the club.
The Argentine revealed that Mourinho‘s call helped him to make his decision to the capital club faster.
Dybala revealed that Mourinho called him and explained his ideas which convinced him to choose Roma ahead of other options like Inter and AC Milan.
“It was a lot of things. The call of the coach and the manager and the talk with the owners. They were very important things that gave me so many certainties. The coach was one of the main causes, he was clear with his ideas.
“We all know him for what he has done and for what he will do. We talked a lot, it was a good chat. I was lucky enough to play with the greatest players in history and now I can say that I also work with one of the best coaches,” he said.
He signed a three-year contract with an option for a fourth with Roma hoping to propel Roma back to Champions League after last season’s Europa Conference League success.
Dybala wanted to stick to 21, a number he is attached to, as he knows the responsibility and pressure that comes with the No. 10 jersey at Roma.
“The director had suggested that I take 10, which is very important here for what Totti has done. That shirt must still be his. I thanked them, because for such a shirt there must be respect and responsibility,” he stated.
“Maybe one day I’ll wear it, but today I’m happy with 21. It’s a number I’m tied to and with which I started to win.”Dybala said.