Recent signing Marko Marin has revealed former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro helped persuade him to join the club.

The Blues announced in April they had agreed a deal to sign the 23-year-old from Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee. Marin spent three seasons with the Bundesliga side, where he was team-mates with Pizarro. The Peruvian endured a frustrating spell with the Blues between 2007 and 2009, but was quick to recommend the club to Marin.

"He [Pizarro] only had good things to say," Marin told Chelsea TV. "I asked him how it is here and he still has a house in Cobham."

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