Andros Townsend needs a new club and might just have a quiet word in the ear of new talkSPORT colleague Jose Mourinho to get him a gig in Rome.
Mourinho is part of talkSPORT’s Euro 2020 coverage ahead of joining the Serie A squad next season.
Townsend no longer has a contract with Crystal Palace and has already revealed that he has received offers from foreign clubs while he waits to decide his future.
But it looks like he would be keen on moving to the Italian capital, as he hilariously listed all the reasons “the special” should sign him.
TalkSPORT Breakfast host Laura Woods asked, “Jose Mourinho mentioned your name earlier, would you like to connect with him in Rome?”
The 29-year-old replied: “Look, José, you know I’m in the studio and you don’t live far from here and I’m happy to try anything. You know where to contact me.
When asked why Jose should sign him, Townsend added, “Because he’s a big laugh. He’s good at the radio. Good joke.
“In the field, I could probably still do some work too.”
Woods stepped in and said, “Score a banger every five years.”
Townsend replied, “… I’m leaving. I’ll be out on Tuesday waiting for him.
More seriously, the former Tottenham winger gave an update on his current situation and how he hopes to sign with a club soon.
While his team-mate Christian Benteke has signed new terms with Palace since the end of the season, it seems the London club are keeping him waiting, as he has had contacts with clubs in Turkey.
He said: “I’ve always said I wanted to be somewhere on July 1st, so for the next few weeks… my agent is in the background and having conversations with clubs.
“The next few weeks are obviously going to put those conversations on a piece of paper and work on something official before deciding what’s best for me.
“I can’t wait to see what the next chapter will be for me. “
Townsend already has deals on the table, but wants all options in front of him before he makes a final call.
“I have received a few offers from overseas right now in Turkey which is good to have in the record,” he continued.
“I hope over the next few weeks the conversations my agent has in the background will turn into an official offer in this country.
“Then it’s about sitting down and deciding whether I want to continue playing in the Premier League or try something new abroad.
“He [his agent] Normally calls me when he has an update, when a new club is at the table and he is talking to a club.
“I have to say when Christian Benteke signed his contract a few weeks ago I called and said ‘what’s going on? You said no one gets a new deal ”.
“He explained why Christian signed his and that’s great. I trust him completely and he has done well for me up to this point and has been my agent since I was 17. He did well for me.
“I’m sure in the next few weeks he’ll be working hard and by July 1 I’ll be ready to start the preseason somewhere.”
A deal with Crystal Palace could still be on the table, but they have yet to name Roy Hodgson’s replacement.
The club want to sort out their successor before signing new contracts, with ten players without a contract.
Townsend added: “There are still quite a few [out of contract]. At one point last season we played against Man United, there were six in the starting XI who were out of contract.
“Christian Benteke was the only one to have signed. There is still a lot of conversation going on at the Palace.
“I know they are completely focused on getting their manager first. They’re going to bring in their manager and then have these conversations. “
Nuno Espirito Santo was set to become the next palace boss, but talks collapsed at 11e hour.
Townsend said, “I think it has delayed things. They told me last season, in the last few days, that we were going to have a date in the next week.
“Nuno appeared the next day he left Wolves. It took them two weeks to complete this process, and then, just as he was about to sign, one side pulled the plug.
“It put them back a few weeks. They wouldn’t want to tackle the two weeks before the preseason without a manager.
“I’m sure they will take their time. Steve is a great man. I worked with him for five years and he’s a great guy. I’m sure he’ll take his time and make sure the date is good.
“Nuno would have been amazing. His record with Wolves and bringing them into Europe would have been great, but unfortunately it’s football.
“Until they sign on the dotted line, you never count your chickens. I’m sure Steve is behind the scenes getting it right, if it isn’t Nuno it will be someone who can make a positive impact.