ROMA boss Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to the club's board after completing the £34million signing of Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.
The 23-year-old ended his 16-year association with the Blues to link up with Mourinho in Italy.
Abraham was barely getting a look in under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
Now, in his first interview for 40 days, 'The Special One' says he is delighted Roma got the deal over the line.
And it came at the perfect time, with Edin Dzeko making a 'surprise' move to Inter Milan.
Mourinho told Roma TV: “I have to say the general manager and owners have been brilliant.
“The reality is that we started pre-season thinking we had Dzeko and what happened was a bit of a surprise for all of us.
“In an incredibly difficult market and in a financial situation that is difficult for every, or more precisely, almost every club, having the willingness, the ambition, the respect for the fans’ emotions and reacting in this way after losing Dzeko and bringing in Tammy Abraham was a real coup.”
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Abraham will wear the No 9 shirt in Rome.
He flew into Rome to finalise the deal on Saturday.
The England international is believed to have signed a five-year contract worth £80,000-a-week – the same as he was on at Chelsea.
And it is understood Chelsea have inserted a £68m buy-back clause into the deal – which can be triggered in two years time.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: "Tammy will always be welcomed back at Stamford Bridge as one of our own.
"We have all enjoyed watching his progress through our academy and into the first-team squad, and are grateful for his contribution to our successes at senior and youth level.
"His many goals in a Chelsea shirt and, of course, his part in our Champions League triumph last season will never be forgotten.
"I’m sure all Chelsea supporters will join me in wishing Tammy a long and successful career."
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