Nemanja Matic looking forward to rejoining Mourinho, says it won't be easy

Nemanja Matic is the first player released by Manchester United this summer to find a new club.

Matic was unveiled as a Roma player, posing with the shirt and his new squad number at the Serie A side, which is 21.

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Matic chose to take on a new challenge in Serie A after spending five seasons at Manchester United.

He played 189 games for United in all competitions, scoring four goals.

Now 33, this summer was a good time for Matic to move on for a new challenge, and he has certainly got one at Roma.

Rejoining Mourinho

Matic links up with former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for a third time, having also worked with him at Chelsea.

He knows him well, admitting it was part of the attraction, but also realises he is letting himself in for a demanding time.

Matic told Roma’s official website: “Working with him is not always easy, he can be a tough coach but he is a winner and he is the type of coach I want to work with.

“I am looking forward to working with him and with the team.

“The team has great potential, I watched a few games also because my former teammates were playing. By working well we can achieve great goals.”

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Matic also said he is looking forward to testing himself in Italian football for the first time.

He said: “Serie A attracts me, there are great teams, it’s not easy to play. I like challenges.”

Mourinho’s first full season at Roma ended on a high after winning the Europa Conference League final 1-0 against Feyenoord.

They finished sixth last season, qualifying for the Europa League, so there is potential for Matic and Mourinho to come up against Manchester United later this upcoming season.

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