NEMANJA MATIC phoned Jose Mourinho to organise having a pitch named after him in Serbia.
The Portuguese manager, 56, has remained on good terms with the midfielder after he signed him for both Chelsea and Manchester United.
The ground is located in a small town called Ub in the Kolubara district of western Serbia and will be used by local club FK Jedinstvo.
Local media report that the idea of naming it after Mourinho was inspired by the mutual respect him and Serbian footballers.
Former Chelsea midfielder Matic, 31, played an important role as he was the one to contract Mourinho.
Despite reportedly being delighted with the news, Mourinho is not expected to attend the opening ceremony next month but reportedly does plan to visit the pitch in the future.
It has state-of-the-art artificial turf and floodlights, with a capacity of 500 seats.
However some renovation work is still being carried out and a football museum is reportedly in the works.
The pitch is located near a street named after Manchester United star Matic, a park named after former Blackburn Rovers winger Radosav Petrovic and a stadium named after Serbian legend Dragan Dzajic.
The opening ceremony of the pitch is set for some time next month however the exact date is unclear.
Mourinho - who has sparked rumours his marriage is over by ditching his wedding ring - has not managed a team since he was sacked by Manchester United in December 2018.
He was most recently tipped to take over at Arsenal after being linked to the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Sporting Lisbon.
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