Mourinho

Amadou Diawara’s agent has slammed Jose Mourinho for banishing the midfielder from his Roma squad and creating an ‘uncomfortable situation’ at the club.

The Guinea International was one of four players ostracised by Mourinho in the wake of last week’s embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Norwegians Bodo/Glimt in the UEFA Europa Conference League.

Mourinho claimed after the loss that his fringe players were inadequate and that ‘he only has 13 players’ in his squad who are up to scratch.

He dropped Diawara, Borja Mayoral, Gonzalo Villar and Bryan Reynolds from his squad entirely for the Serie A games against Napoli on Sunday and they have not been picked for Wednesday night’s trip to Cagliari either.

And Diawara’s agent Daniele Piraino told Tuttomercatoweb: ‘I don’t understand the message he’s trying to get across.

‘Is Diawara being made a scapegoat? Is he being made to pay a heavy price for an error? Or is an attempt to force the club into acting in the transfer market?

‘If it is for these reasons, rather than just poor fitness, or he feels the player is unable to understand the tactical requirements of the coach, then I think Mourinho is creating an uncomfortable situation.

‘It is inexplicable but Diawara will adapt. Amadou is an exceptional professional.’

Diawara, 24, was linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico over the summer and has only played seven minutes in Serie A anyway this season.

But he had featured more regularly in Europe, starting two of Roma’s Conference League group matches.

Not holding back after the defeat to Bodo/Glimt, Mourinho said: ‘They have more quality than us. Their first team is a much better team than our second team.

‘It’s my mistake. I wanted to rest players after the game against Juventus and before the game against Napoli. I made these decisions, and in the end, they are better players than my players. They are a better team than my team.

‘Of course, the 6-1 could be five, could be seven, could be eight. The game went in a direction where you lose complete control of emotions, of everything. The reality of the game is that the best team won with the best players.

‘The only thing I can say is that I tried to do it with good intentions, to rest my players for the next game, but we were punished by that. They are better than us.’

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