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Mourinho: Pogba is the Eiffel Tower & Chelsea can't have him

The manager is a long-term admirer of the
Juventus midfielder but claims he has faith in his
Premier League title-winning squad

Jose Mourinho has compared Paul Pogba to the Eiffel
Tower and suggested the Juventus midfielder is a
footballing landmark that Chelsea are unlikely to get their
hands on.

The Portuguese manager has been a long-term admirer of
the midfielder, pinpointing the France international as a key
target for Chelsea over a year ago, but faces competition
for his signature from a number of Europe's top sides.
Mourinho, who has added just loanee Radamel Falcao and
goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to his squad so far this summer,
feels Pogba would boost any team, but remains confident in
the collective strength of his squad.

"Pogba is not to put pressure on people," Mourinho says.
"Pogba is one of the top players in the world. Pogba goes to
any team and improves that team automatically. If he stays
at Juventus, Juventus will be very strong again. If he goes
somewhere else he will improve immediately a team. This is
not our case.

"We are changing [Petr] Cech for Begovic, we are changing
Didier [Drogba] for Falcao and we are changing kids by
other kids. I think everybody has an interest in Pogba. But
there are things you can do and things you cannot do. I love
the Eiffel Tower but I can't have the Eiffel Tower in my
garden. I can't even have the Eiffel Tower of Las Vegas."

Falcao was viewed as a surprise addition by some following
the striker's poor form for Manchester United last term, but
Mourinho feels the Colombian's fitness woes are behind
him heading into the new season.

"When a player is injured or has bad consequences of a big
injury there is sometimes nothing you can do. We made
ourselves sure that was not the case with Falcao because if
that was the case he would not be with us.

"He didn't perform [at United] for many reasons. Some
players don't perform with me, some players don't perform
with Chelsea, they go to other clubs and they perform. This
can happen. So we know that Falcao is in good conditions
related to the surgery he had before he went to Man United.

"We believe that he can with us and to replace a big player
like Didier we wanted to go with another big player with
experience, ready, so these three strikers for us – Falcao,
Rémy and Diego. We are very happy."

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