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Jose Mourinho, left, signed Nemanja Matic, right, for Man Utd in 2017 (Picture: Getty)

Jose Mourinho will sign Nemanja Matic for the third time, with the defensive midfielder joining Roma on a free transfer after leaving Manchester United this summer.

Matic previously worked with Mourinho at Chelsea during the player’s second spell and manager at Stamford Bridge, winning the Premier League together in 2015.

After winning another title with the Blues, this time under Antonio Conte, he joined Manchester United in 2017 to work once again with the Portuguese manager, despite failing to win a title in his five-year stint at Old Trafford.

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The pair previously won the Premier League together with Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

And now Sky Sports Italia have reported that the Serbia international has agreed a one-year deal with Roma, with an option for a further year depending on performances.

When news broke in May that Matic was not renewing his contract at United and was preparing to leave the club, Mourinho remained reluctant when asked about the possibility of signing the 33-year-old.

He said: “Everyone knows my relationship with Nemanja. He’s one of my trusted guys. We won together, we fought together – also at United.

“He’s a fantastic player but that’s a kind of response that’s not good for me or the player.”

Mourinho already has a number of former United players in his Roma squad, namely defender Chris Smalling and attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, although the latter is said to be joining Inter Milan.

Matic is the latest ex-Premier League player to travel to the Italian capital. Rui Patricio and Tammy Abraham arrived from Wolves and Chelsea respectively last summer, while Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin has also been linked with a move to Serie A this summer.

Mourinho became Roma manager after his sacking from Tottenham last year and guided the club sixth in the league in his debut season and becoming the first Europa Conference League champions.

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