Former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris has urged Tammy Abraham to ‘take inspiration’ from Romelu Lukaku, Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne following his exit from Stamford Bridge and move to Roma.
On Tuesday, Italian club Roma confirmed they had completed a £34m transfer deal for Abraham, who scored 30 goals in 82 appearances for Chelsea.
Abraham, who was Chelsea’s joint-top goalscorer last season, joins Jose Mourinho’s side on a five-year deal.
Morris, who was Frank Lampard’s assistant during his spell as Chelsea manager, believes joining Roma is ‘great’ for Abraham’s career and says he can take inspiration from Lukaku, Salah and De Bruyne.
The trio were all sold by Chelsea earlier in their careers before going on to enjoy superb careers, with Lukaku in fact returning to Stamford Bridge this week in a £97.5m deal from Inter Milan.
Morris, who was Frank Lampard’s assistant, tweeted: ‘Great move for Tam.. will no doubt learn from Jose also learn another language and enhance his reputation globally.
‘Not many can say they have been Chelsea’s top scorer for two seasons in a row (even when hardly playing this year). Can take inspiration from Lukaku, KDB, Salah etc.’
Great move for Tam..will no doubt learn from Jose also learn another language and enhance his reputation globally..not many can say they have been Chelseaâs top scorer for two seasons in a row (even when hardly playing this year).can take inspiration from Lukaku, KDB, Salah etc
Abraham says he wants to help Roma win trophies after joining the Serie A side from his boyhood club.
‘You can sense when a club really wants you – and Roma made their interest clear immediately,’ said Abraham. ‘Roma is a club that deserves to be fighting for titles and trophies.
‘I’ve had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in those competitions again – so I want to help this team to achieve that and get to the level where Roma should be.
It’s a massive honour to be the number nine at this club and I just can’t wait to get started and to help the team.’
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, meanwhile, insisted Abraham would ‘always be welcome back at Stamford Bridge’ and wished the striker well in Italy.
‘Tammy will always be welcomed back at Stamford Bridge as one of our own,’ she said in a statement.
‘We have all enjoyed watching his progress through our academy and into the first-team squad, and are grateful for his contribution to our successes at senior and youth level.’
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