Roma striker Tammy Abraham has enjoyed a superb first season in Italy under Jose Mourinho and could get his hands on a European trophy before the end of the season
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Roma striker Tammy Abraham has left the door open to a potential summer move after a stellar debut season in Serie A.
Abraham, who joined the Italian giants from Chelsea last summer for £34million, ended his league season with two goals for Jose Mourinho’s side in a 3-0 away win in Turin on Friday night. That win secured a place in next season’s Europa League and Abraham’s goals ended the season in Serie A with 17 goals, setting a new record for an English player in Italy’s top flight.
The former Blues academy product has been heavily linked with Arsenal transfer interest in recent months and would bring Abraham back to England after spending the length of his career there before moving to Italy last summer.
After his last game of the league season, Abraham was asked whether or not he would play football at the Stadio Olimpico next season. Abraham said Roma have his heart but admits he doesn’t rule out a potential exit this summer ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year.
“I love this club,” Abraham told DAZN (published by Football Italia). “You gave me the opportunity to show myself, my heart is here. We’ll see what the future brings, but my heart is here.”
With the league season in Italy over for Abraham, coach Mourinho and the rest of the Roma squad, they still have a big final against Dutch club Feyenoord ahead of them. The two will play the inaugural Europa Conference League final on Wednesday night at the Air Albania Stadium in Tirania, Albania.
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Abraham is targeting gold in the competition to mark the end of a season in which he has scored 27 goals in 52 games on all fronts, having been part of the Chelsea squad that won the Champions League last season.
“It’s a dream come true for the Roma fans and the club,” added Abraham. “We made it to the final, now we need to rest and recover well, so hopefully we’ll celebrate on Wednesday night.”
Arsenal, who Abraham has been linked with, will play alongside Roma in the Europa League next season. They could still qualify for the Champions League on the final day of the Premier League, but to do so they need to beat Crystal Palace and hope Tottenham Hotspur lose at relegated Norwich City.
Abraham’s record of 17 goals in a Serie A season breaks a 60-year record for most league goals scored by an Englishman in Italy’s top flight. The record was previously held by former Aston Villa striker Gerry Hitchens, who scored 16 league goals in his only full season with Inter Milan in the 1961–62 season.
Roma have signed Abraham to a five-year deal, meaning any potential exit and move for the England international would cost clubs a fee significantly higher than what the Italian side paid for him from Chelsea last summer.
Prior to his departure, Abraham scored 21 goals in 58 Premier League games for Chelsea and was Frank Lampard’s top scorer during his only full senior stint at Stamford Bridge in 2019/20.
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