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“Jorge Mendes eventually convinced me, and now he says, ‘See how I was right all along?!’”

Diogo Jota Liverpool and Portugal forward talks about the decision to go from Portugal's top flight to England's second tier by joining Wolves 08/05/21

“When José became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time.”

Tiago Pinto Roma's sporting director speaking about the appointment of José Mourinho as head coach starting from next season 05/05/21

“It was another day where Sporting fans had to suffer, but all ended well.”

Rúben Amorim Sporting coach after late goals were again required to give the Portuguese league leaders victory, this time against Nacional 01/05/21

“I scored 32 goals at Sporting [in one season] so I expect to pass that mark! My target every time is to do better and better.”

Bruno Fernandes Manchester United midfielder after brace against Roma took him to 26 goals so far in 2020/21 29/04/21

“We are in first, with four games to go, but this is not over yet. We have to be strong in every game.”

José Fonte Portugal centre-back as he attempts to captain his Lille team to the Ligue 1 championship 28/04/21

“I cannot stress more strongly UEFA and the footballing world are united against the disgraceful, self-serving proposals fuelled purely by greed. This idea is a spit in the face for all football lovers and our society.”

Alexsander Ceferin The UEFA president gives a bruising appraisal of the people behind the European Super League project 19/04/21

“Of course I’d like him to come back to Portugal. But I want to see Cristiano happy, that’s the most important thing. And I think he is happy in Turin.”

Pepe FC Porto and Portugal centre-back pours cold water on rumours suggesting Ronaldo may return to Sporting 16/04/21

“I’m extremely proud of my players. I think it was one of the best games we’ve played in Europe.”

Sérgio Conceição FC Porto coach after his team beat Chelsea 1-0 but bowed out of the Champions League 13/04/21

“There are eight games left. It’s going to be fun.”

Rúben Amorim Sporting’s young coach apparently not feeling the pressure after his team’s lead at the top of the table is cut to six points following 1-1 draw at home to Famalicão 11/04/21
“This week there was all sorts of chaos created with this incredible lie, the idea that the players confronted me and we had some meeting before training. It’s all a lie, it’s not right.” Paulo Fonseca Roma coach unhappy with the Italian press treatment of his team, speaking after 2-1 away victory against Ajax 08/04/21
“This season he seamlessly picked up where he left off last season when he was scoring all the time. It’s good for him and for us that he scores so much, but he also does an incredible amount of work for the team” Adi Hütter Eintracht Frankfurt manager delighted with the prolific André Silva 04/04/21
“It was a very special moment. I’m happy because of the goal, but even happier because of the victory. Is this the best moment of my career? Possibly, but I believe the best is yet to come.” João Palhinha Portugal midfielder after scoring his first goal for the Seleção, against Luxembourg 30/03/21
“After seeing the images on TV the refeee called me to him and apologised for the mistake.” Fernando Santos Portugal coach after 2-2 draw v Serbia when the officials erroneously ruled out a last-second Cristiano Ronaldo goal 27/03/21
“It’s a really good sensation to be able to play next to elite players. I’m very happy to be here.” Nuno Mendes Portugal left-back, after making his debut for the Seleção against Azerbaijan 24/03/21
“This sends out a message. For youngsters who are undecided about which club to join, they know the door of opportunity will be open for them at Sporting.” Rúben Amorim Sporting coach, after giving a first-team debut to Dário Essugo, at the age of 16 years and one week 20/03/21
“We know the DNA of our team, our culture, and we will be up for the challenge of a tie of this magnitude.” Vítor Baía FC Porto vice-president reacts to the Champions Leauge quarter-final draw, where Porto were paired with Chelsea 19/03/21
“Ronaldo always has extra motivation when he represents the national team and he has a big dream which is to help us win the World Cup.” Fernando Santos Portugal coach confides his captain's dream, as qualifying begins for the 2022 World Cup 16/03/21
“Believe me, this story is still far from over.” Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal captain after scoring a hat-trick for Juventus to surpass Pele's record for official goals 14/03/21
“FC Porto played a brilliant tie that helped improve Portugal's ranking. I want to congratulate Porto for an achievement which enhances Portuguese football.” Jorge Jesus Benfica coach magnanimous in his praise of fierce rivals FC Porto after the Dragons knocked Juventus out of the Champions League 12/03/21
“This is the true DNA of Porto.” Sérgio Conceição FC Porto coach after the epic elimination of Juventus in the Champions League 09/03/21
“It was for my friends and I told them to shut up because they are always telling me that I don't score and I don't play well.” Gonçalo Guedes Valencia's Portuguese forward explains his ‘shush’ celebration after scoring spectacular winner against Villarreal 06/03/21
“I've run out of words to praise my players. We played an absolutely fantastic match.” Carlos Carvalhal Braga coach after victory in the Portuguese Cup semi-final against Porto 04/03/21
 “He never took free-kicks in training.” Nélson Semedo Wolves, Portugal and former Barcelona defender Nélson Semedo with a remarkable revelation about Lionel Messi 02/03/21
“Sérgio Oliveira? He was annoyed, he was speaking in the heat of the moment, we aren't going to take his words to heart.” Rúben Amorim Sporting coach plays down Sérgio Oliveira's flash interview after Porto 0-0 Sporting, when the Porto midfielder said Sporting always celebrate winning a point at the Estádio do Dragão as if they had won the Champions League 28/02/21
“João is an amazing player. I played with him for seven years for Benfica and we’re from the same generation. He’s having a great season and I’m so happy for him.” Bernardo Silva Portuguese midfielder on his Manchester City teammate João Cancelo 24/02/21
“He's 20 years old, he's a kid and he can't have the responsibility of carrying Boavista on his back all alone.” Jesualdo Ferreira Boavista coach after another decisive contribution by Angel Gomes gives his team 3 crucial points against Moreirense 19/02/21
“What a player is all I can say. Everything he does, he does incredibly well.” Pep Guardiola Manchester City coach expresses delight at his Portuguese maestro Bernardo Silva 18/02/21

“The players interpreted our plan perfectly. Given the solidity of our performance it was a bitter pill to concede the goal.”

Sérgio Conceição Porto coach after Dragons beat Juventus 2-1 in the Champions League.  17/02/21
“This lead means nothing. Look at Liverpool, European champions then Premier League champions. They have taken nine points from ten games. If this can happen to Liverpool and Klopp, it can also happen to Sporting.” Rúben Amorim Sporting coach warns against overconfidence as his team go 10 points clear at the top of the table 15/02/21
“It was the worst first half of my coaching career. It's not enough to have a contract to be a Porto player. We must do more.” Sérgio Conceição FC Porto coach expresses his disappointment in no uncertain terms after 2-2 draw at home to Boavista 13/02/21
“I don’t forget that when my father died, he called.” José Mourinho Tottenham Hotspur manager opens up about his relationship with Pep Guardiola 12/02/21
“For me it was a very special match. This week I lost a friend, a brother, and it's been tough. Thank you for all the support I have received in recent days.” Sebastián Coates Sporting captain after scoring two late goals to give the Liga NOS leaders a comeback victory over Gil Vicente 10/02/21
“The spirit of my teammates helps me a lot. They have all congratulated me for the goal.” Francisco Trincão Portuguese winger after scoring his first goal for Barcelona - the winner against Real Betis 08/02/21
“Today we were conned! Today we were robbed!” Sérgio Conceição FC Porto coach expresses his fury at the officiating after Porto are held to a goalless draw against B-SAD 06/02/21
“I went ahead with my resignation because I do not agree with the club's sports policy. I don't want anything from Marseille, I don't want money.” André Villas-Boas Now ex-Marseille coach explains why he left the French club  04/02/21
“Paulinho is the best No.9 in Portugal. He's a player in the image of Sporting and our squad.” Rúben Amorim Sporting coach expresses his delight at the acquisition of the Braga and Portugal striker 03/02/21
“I want to thank the players in a special and loving way. There are no good coaches without good players, without good men.” Abel Ferreira Portuguese coach praises his Palmeiras players after winning the Copa Libertadores. 31/01/21

 

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“Jorge Mendes eventually convinced me, and now he says, ‘See how I was right all along?!’”

Diogo Jota
(Liverpool and Portugal forward talks about the decision to go from Portugal's top flight to England's second tier by joining Wolves) 

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