Gonzalo Villar launches scathing attack as rome boss Jose Mourinho and blamed the former Chelsea Responsible for breaking his spell at the Italian club.
The 24-year-old Villar moved from Elche to Roma in 2020 and became the main force in the 2020/21 season, making 47 appearances in all competitions. But since then the midfielder has found limited first-team opportunities under Mourinho, who he was appointed in May 2021.
A lack of game time has forced Villar to seek new opportunities elsewhere. After a lackluster spell at Sampdoria, the playmaker was loaned out again to Getafe, where he spent the second half of last season.
Although Villar is currently happy La Liga, he has now broken his silence on the Roman ordeal. Although he did not mention Mourinho specifically, it is clear that he accused the Portuguese chief of keeping him out.
“It was a great experience in Rome until a guy we all knew arrived,” Villar told COPE. “I don’t want to talk about him, I’d rather be quiet. My adventure in Rome was interrupted when he arrived and it put me in some difficult situations.”
Villar went on to explain some of the difficulties behind his brief tenure at Sampdoria, describing it as the “most difficult situation” he has faced in football. His long-term future is unclear, although Getafe do have an option to buy him for €3.5m (£3.1m).
It remains to be seen whether Mourinho will face any kind of backlash for Villar’s damning remarks after leading the club to the Europa League in his first season in charge.
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The 59-year-old remains popular at Roma following his success – however, doubts about his own future have emerged in recent weeks.Mourinho has been linked with Brazil and Portugal in recent weeks and has also claimed the former Tottenham The boss was not happy with his performance in his second season at the club.
But Roma director Thiago Pinto played down interest in Mourinho, acknowledging the club must prepare for speculation as their boss wins major trophies around the globe.
pinto told Gazzetta dello Sport Earlier this month: “When you get a manager like Mourinho you have to get used to rumours. It’s the first time in 18 months that a club or federation are interested in him.
“We have no distractions in the Algarve, we just focus on our work. I’m Portuguese and every time we change coaches, Mourinho is mentioned, but our future depends on him.”