Tammy Abraham explained why he decided to leave Chelsea when Roma came calling, admitting that he did not understand why Thomas Tuchel was not picking him last season.
Abraham had a fraustrating campaign with Chelsea when Tuchel took over making a handful of appearance.
Speculations over his future started to mount up where he was link with the likes of Arsenal, Aston Villa and Tottenham.
However, in the end, he sealed a move to Roma – linking up with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
“It was tough,” I didn’t really understand it back then. I was scoring goals, I came off the back of a hat-trick and, of course, when a new manager comes in things change.
“I think things like this need to happen to you for you to really realise what the game’s about. You can’t always be on the up. You need some downs sometimes and those downs have really lifted me and pushed me to be hungry for more.”” I got to a point [at Chelsea] where I had to sit down and talk to myself. I was going out to train and I was doing it for me. I was going to train to better myself because it’s easy to throw a strop, to be angry around the place, to be a bad egg. For me, it was the opposite. I learned about myself and I think that strengthened my mindset.” Abraham said in an interview.
“My mindset was that I wanted to be in the Premier League and I wanted to stay here – it was home,” However, a phone call with Mourinho, in which he asked: “‘Do you want to enjoy some sun or stay in the rain?’”
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“The easy option would’ve been to stick around and sit down at Chelsea,” he continued.
“I realised I needed to go out and prove myself. Of course, there were nerves and changing countries is always a brave thing to do. But I’d recommend it to young English players. I’d say not to be scared. You learn about yourself. It’s tough but I’m getting used to it. I’ve gone to Rome and it’s time to show myself again.”
Abraham’s move to Roma has inspired him as he has 4 goals and 3 assists in his opening 10 games for Roma. Making him a regular starter and a fan favourite.
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