Mourinho: Terry and Cahill backed Falcao signing
The Chelsea manager reveals that his centre-backs
reported that the Colombian still has what it takes
to scare opponents despite his troubled year at
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that he consulted
with central defensive duo John Terry and Gary Cahill
before bringing in Radamel Falcao on loan.
Eyebrows were raised in some quarters when Mourinho
opted to recruit Falcao, after the Colombian endured a
difficult year at Manchester United.
But Mourinho, who revealed that the striker took a pay cut in
order to prove wrong his critics in England , says that his
centre-backs still saw in the Monaco-owned forward the
skills that made him so feared at Atletico Madrid.
"I spoke with Gary and John a lot and we think the bright
movement is there, the movement to get freedom in the box
to score goals is there," he told reporters.
"Our players had difficulty to control him all the time and we
feel the potential is there. Let's see if he can improve his
confidence, his happiness.
"If the fact we have a good community of Portuguese
people, plus the guys who were with him in Atletico [Diego
Costa, Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis]... let's see if this
situation can help him.
"I watch Portuguese football regularly and in Porto he was
"When he was at Atletico, I was in Real Madrid, so there
were a few years where I was with him all the time.
"Last season I watched our game against Manchester
United at Stamford Bridge a few times because of him."
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