Portuguese goalkeeper joins Roma

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Rui Patricio has completed a move to AS Roma from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Roma confirmed that Patricio, 33, had joined on a three-year contract for an initial 11.5 million Euros.

The Portugal international is Jose Mourinho’s first signing as Roma boss.

Roma have been in the market for a new goalkeeper following Pau Lopez’s loan move to Marseille and the release of Antonio Mirante.

Patricio said he was very pleased to have signed for Roma and that he is looking forward to working with his countryman who convinced him to come to Italy ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

“In Jose Mourinho we are talking about one of the greatest coaches in the world. I am excited to start working with him,” he told the club’s official website.

Patricio, who joined Wolves in 2018 from Sporting Lisbon, won the 2016 European Championship and reached the last-16 of the 2020 edition where they lost 1-0 against Belgium.

“He’s been a fantastic servant to the club,” said Wolves technical director Scott Sellars after the confirmation of the transfer.

He was the club’s first big statement signing after being promoted to the Premier League.

The keeper arrived in controversial circumstances in 2018 having requested to leave Sporting, the team where he had spent his whole career, after fans attacked the club’s training ground. Wolves and Sporting came to an agreement and he left for England.

Patricio made 127 appearances in all competitions, keeping 37 clean sheets. He was part of the team that twice finished seventh in the league under Nuno Espirito Santo and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

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By FARPost reporter