After leaving Juventus this summer Paulo Dybala has quickly established himself as an icon at Roma.
His performances have also earned him a call up to the Argentine squad, with the World Cup a few short months away.
Having settled in in the Italian capital, the 28-year-old has opened up on what has been a busy 2022.
“In Rome, I’m back in the limelight,” Dybala told ESPN.
“The last few years at Juventus weren’t easy, so a change of scenery has been good for me.
“Jose Mourinho called me and in a few minutes I made up my mind.
“He and the sporting director spoke to me about the project and the desire to continue winning as they did last year. Being a key player in a team like this helped me a lot.”
Mourinho was key to Dybala’s transfer
Dybala went on to reiterate Mourinho‘s importance in facilitating the transfer, with the Argentine sharing a short anecdote about his relationship with the Portuguese manager.
“I have an anecdote with him,” Dybala stated.
“When we played Roma vs Juventus last season, my team won 4-3 and the coach took me off.
“Mourinho came to the bench to greet me and said ‘You’re a phenomenon’.
“This episode left a mark on me, but at the time we didn’t know anything that could happen. I was supposed to sign a contract renewal, but there was nothing.
“When he called me, he asked me if I remembered that moment and I said ‘Of course, how could I forget that? It was an honour’.
“Then he said ‘Well, now what you were doing against me I want you to do with me’.
“He called me several days in a row and it was a matter of minutes before I made the decision to go and work with him. I thought he was a phenomenon in every way.”
Dybala proceeded to highlight how Mourinho has been able to guide him over these past few weeks.
“We talk about everything and he knows all the players, from the elite to the third category,” Dybala shared.
“He has a group of people who work very well. I was surprised by Mourinho‘s humility, he treats everyone the same.
“Sometimes he can give a different image because of what you see on the pitch, but the truth is that it’s something else. I’m very happy in Rome, when you feel good it’s easier.”