Tammy Abraham has revealed his talk with Roma coach Jose Mourinho was ‘important’ to convince him of joining the club and stressed he has arrived at the Giallorossi to ‘win trophies’.
The former Chelsea striker arrived ahead of the new season and has already made an impact in the Roma attack.
Abraham made a sensational debut with two assists against Fiorentina and helped the club qualify for the Europa Conference League with a 3-0 win over Trabzonspor on Thursday.
The Chelsea striker admitted his talks with sporting director Tiago Pinto and coach Mourinho helped convince him to join La Lupa.
“In the last year at Chelsea, I played less than I hoped for,” Abraham said at a press conference. “It was important to talk to Mourinho.
“I talked to Mourinho and Tiago Pinto explained the club’s ambition to me. I arrived at Roma not only to score goals, but above all to win trophies and we hope to be able to do so already this year.
“The Conference is a complicated trophy, but we will try.”
Abraham was asked if he prefers to play alone up front or if he can partner Eldor Shomurodov.
“To tell the truth, I wasn’t born an attacker. I started at right wing. I’m used to covering multiple roles and playing in different formations,” he continued.
“I didn’t play as a centre forward; it depends on the coach’s decision.”
Abraham realised Serie A is more tactical and claims the championship in Italy is ‘more balanced’.
“Watching the Italian teams play, you realise that it’s a tactical football,” he said. “The teams defend well.
“They are always well placed on the pitch. In the Premier League there are the big teams that always dominate when they play against the small ones, in Italy it’s more balanced.
“Here they are all good and prepared.”
Abraham explained former Chelsea coach Mourinho wasn’t the only thing that convinced him.
“I want to say that I’m not only here for Jose, his presence was important but I have always followed Roma,” Abraham continued. “I had the privilege of sharing the dressing room at Chelsea with [Emerson] Palmieri and [Antonio] Rüdiger.
“Tony spoke very well about Roma. Mourinho is also a winner and has characteristics I see myself in.”
The young English forward has been brought in to replace Edin Dzeko at the Olimpico.