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TAMMY ABRRAHAM: HOW MOURINHO CONVINCED ME TO PICK ROMA OVER ‘EASY OPTION’ CHELSEA

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Tammy Abraham has vowed to become one of the finest attackers in the world, revealing how Jose Mourinho persuaded him to leave Chelsea for AS Roma instead of taking the “easy option.”

The 24-year-old spoke at St George’s Park on Thursday after being recalled to Gareth Southgate’s England team for World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary, an achievement that vindicates his decision to leave Chelsea for Italy in a €40 million transfer this summer.

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Abraham had a breakthrough season in 2019-20 under former Blues manager Frank Lampard before being shut out by Thomas Tuchel, starting just two Premier League games while battling an ankle injury.

He explained, “I’ve always taught myself that no matter how good I get, I can always get better.  At the end of my career, I’ll be able to reflect on what I’ve accomplished.  I want to look back and say that I did everything I could, that I put everything out there, and that I worked as hard as I could.

“Until then, I’d been grafting every day, trying to improve myself.  When they rank strikers, I want to be one of the names on the list of the best strikers in the world. That is my goal, and I will not rest until I achieve it.

“Staying there and sitting down would probably be the easiest option.  Chelsea is a huge club. They’ll compete and try to win trophies, so that would have been the easy option.”

Abraham has had a good start in Italy, scoring four goals in his first ten outings, but he was hesitant to leave England until Mourinho intervened.

He explained: “I recall the first thing he [Mourinho] said to me when I picked up the phone was: ‘Do you want to enjoy some sun or do you want to stay in the rain?’

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