Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
Ex-Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has sent a video message thanking a city for naming their local club pitch after him after his former favourite Nemanja Matic called him up to organise it.
Portuguese manager Mourinho, 56, sent a video message to the town of Ub located in the Kolubara district in western Serbia.
In the video, the former Chelsea boss expressed his gratitude by saying: “Ub is a special city with lots of special people that deserve a special football pitch.
“And I am really happy and proud to know how things are going and that our special pitch is almost ready for everyone in Ub to enjoy. Bye, speak soon.”
The pitch will be used by local club FK Jedinstvo. The project surfaced reportedly after members from the club presented the idea which was inspired by the mutual respect between Mourinho and Serbian footballers.
Manchester United midfielder Matic, 31, played an important role as he was the one to contact Mourinho and present the idea to the Portuguese manager before he agreed with the idea.
The opening ceremony of the pitch is set for some time next month however the exact date is unclear. Mourinho is not expected to go to the ceremony however local media report the coach plans on visiting the pitch however it is unclear when.
Mourinho has not managed a team since he was sacked by Manchester United in December 2018.
In the months since his sacking Mourinho has been linked with big clubs in Europe such as Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Real Madrid however, he is yet to sign a contract.
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