AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at his former club Chelsea FC January transfer activities following their expenditure on new players.

After beating Arsenal to the signing of Mudryk, Chelsea is likely to continue spending this month with reports claiming that they are set to make an offer for PSV star Noni Madueke.

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Mourinho seems to have taken a dig at the London club and speaking after using Marash Kumbulla as cover for Roger Ibanez, who was suspended for Roma’s 2-0 victory over Fiorentina, the Portuguese said: “In order to get that quality, we must get the young players to grow. Tahirovic has this quality.

“We need a defender who can pass the ball better out of defence and Kumbulla is probably the one who does it best, but we need Ibanez because of his pace and determination. We need to find a solution, we can’t just buy Mudryk for €100m!”

“I am not expecting anyone to arrive. The director (Tiago Pinto) was very honest and direct, he said things in an interview that a coach usually doesn’t like to hear. Coaches always want to hear we have lots of money, can buy option a, b, c, d, build an incredible team. That is the dream.

“I worked at clubs with those sorts of practically limitless funds. There are more and more clubs nowadays who fit that profile, but it’s not our profile. We work, we give our all, we work with the characteristics we’ve got.”

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