AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho has had his say on rumours linking him with a move to sign Arsenal ace Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan.
The versatile Englishman has been looking to leave the Emirates for about a year now. He forced his way out on loan to West Brom last January, before trying to push through a move to Everton at the end of the summer transfer window.
It looks like it’s third time lucky for Maitland-Niles as he’s reportedly close to switching North London for the Italian capital to join forces with Mourinho at Roma.
Jose Mourinho comments on signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal
The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ faced the media today in Rome and was quizzed about rumours linking the Arsenal man with a move to the Stadio Olimpico.
Mourinho said, as per Football Italia: “I don’t feel comfortable talking about him (Maitland-Niles), because nobody has officially told me that he is our player.
“He grew up at Arsenal when I was at Chelsea and Tottenham, so I know him well.”
Good move for AMN?
Maitland-Niles was never going to get ahead of Takehiro Tomiyasu at Arsenal and although he would’ve had an opportunity in the middle of the park during Thomas Partey’s absence, it was always going to be temporary.
A move away is the best thing for all parties and Maitland-Niles could really thrive under Mourinho.
The Englishman is already excellent on the ball and his versatility is arguably his biggest asset. Under a manager like Mourinho, who demands defensive discipline from his players, Maitland-Niles’ positional sense will improve considerably and he will surely come back a better player.
It is unlikely that Maitland-Niles will stay at Arsenal once he’s back, but a good loan spell will increase his transfer value. That can only be a good thing for us.