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Mohamed Salah's advice to Wijnaldum before he decided to leave for Roma

By Wilian Estrella

Mohamed Salah's advice to Wijnaldum before he decided to leave for Roma

Wijnaldum spoke to some of his former teammates before joining Roma.

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Georginio Wijnaldum gave a press conference after joining Jose Mourinho's Roma and revealed that before making the decision to sign in the Italian capital he had a conversation with former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, who also played for Roma.

"First of all, I wanted to come because of the effort the club made to sign me. Also, I spoke to Mo Salah and Kevin Strootman about Roma, about the club and the city, and I heard only good stories about it," said the Dutch midfielder.

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He also spoke to a former Paris Saint-Germain teammate" "I spoke to Achraf Hakimi about it, even though he played for Inter Milan, and he said that Rome was a beautiful club and a beautiful place and that he would be happy here. That convinced me a lot."

"I know the club, we played against them twice when I was at Liverpool (in the Champions League in 2018), and the atmosphere at the Olimpico was incredible, so I knew I would be playing for a club with a great atmosphere and beautiful supporters. But that was basically all I knew, so I asked Mo and Strootman for some tips and they had good stories," he added.

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Wijnaldum is Roma's third signing in this market after Nemanja Matic and Paulo Dybala, noted that Mourinho's influence was another factor in his decision to travel to Italy. "When I arrived, we talked more about football things. I think his record as a manager speaks for itself. The things he did in football, the awards he won and the clubs he managed, it's incredible," he said of his new manager.

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