Jose Mourinho hit the headlines for his generous giveaways this week.
The AS Roma coach opened his wallet to keep the promise he made to Felix Afena-Gyan after scoring twice on the bench in the Serie A victory in Genoa on Sunday night.
Although he never made a professional debut for Roma, the 18-year-old had a decisive impact that forced Mourinho to fork out â¬ 800 for a pair of luxury shoes.
Mourinho buys gifts for players
According to Football Italia, Mourinho explained to DAZN: “I had promised to buy Felix the boots he really likes, which are really expensive, they cost 800 â¬, so he ran and told me not to forget!”
And this is not the first time Mourinho has shown his generous side by treating the players with Sergio Reguilon packing a luxury pork leg after Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City last year.
However, while we’re on the subject of the âSpecial Oneâ splashing money on his playing staff, we couldn’t help but revisit one of our favorite stories about the iconic head coach.
Arnautovic’s funny story
And it comes from Marko Arnautovic who, true to his reputation in the sport, told a funny story about what happened after showing up late three times in one day at an Inter Milan camp.
Understandably, it didn’t end well for the Austrian against Mourinho, but when he accidentally arrived five hours early for a training session away, it earned him the manager’s watch.
Speaking to the Daily Mail in 2017, Arnautovic explained: “We were in Abu Dhabi for the preseason with Inter in 2009. I slept too long for breakfast. End number 1.
“Then there was the team meeting. The hotel was huge and my room was on the 75th floor. I wait for the elevator and I press and I press and I still have seven minutes so I am fine. . I won’t make it. Disaster # 2.
“Then before we met for the game it would happen again and I was like, ‘He’s going to kill me.’ So we fought a bit and I was out of the squad that day, training alone. .
âBack in Milan, I thought we were training in the morning and I went perfectly there. There were no cars there. In fact, we were training in the afternoon that day!
“Mourinho is there with his staff and he gets up and starts to clap and laugh. He said: ‘You are my man. You come here five hours before training. I love you! Here, take my watch’ .
âI still have this watch at home.
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Isn’t that class? You can imagine Mourinho’s thought process that Arnautovic had learned from his mistakes and made such an incredible effort to right his wrongs that it happened five hours earlier.
However, even though Mourinho could smell a fish and was in on it, it shows that you only have to do a few things right to get a watch, ham or pair of shoes from the Portuguese icon.