Jose Mourinho has revealed that he was convinced to sign Radamel Falcao for Chelsea following consultation with defenders John Terry and Gary Cahill.
Chelsea’s centre-back pair were impressed with the Colombian when they faced him last season against Manchester United, for whom Falcao managed just four goals all season on loan from AS Monaco.
The Red Devils passed up the opportunity to sign the 29-year-old on a permanent basis, and Mourinho gambled on his player’s advice to loan Falcao for 2015-16, hoping to rediscover his best form.
“I spoke with John and Gary a lot about him and we think the bright movement is there,” the Portuguese is quoted by ESPN as saying. “The movement to get freedom in the box to score goals is there.
“Our players had difficulty to control him and we feel the potential is there. Let’s see if he can improve his confidence, his happiness.
“At Porto, he was very good. When he was at Atletico [Madrid] and when I was in Real Madrid he was good, so there were a few years where I was watching him all the time.
“We have a good community of Portuguese-speaking people, plus the guys who were with him in Atletico, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis. Let’s see if this situation can help him.”
Prior to his unsuccessful stint at Old Trafford, Falcao had scored 155 goals in 199 games across spells at Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco and was regarded as one of the best No.9s in the world.
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