Chelsea's loan star Patrick Bamford has revealed Jose Mourinho has been texting his mate Niall Horan from One Direction about his goalscoring exploits.
Speaking to The Guardian, Bamford said Mourinho and Horan, a pop star with the popular boy band One Direction who found fame on X Factor, text each other when the Chelsea youngster scores for his loan club, Championship side Derby County.
"Niall from One Direction is a big Derby fan, he came down to the club and I was talking to him," Bamford told The Guardian.
"Niall said: 'Mourinho knows all about you, he texts me all the time.' I said: 'No he doesn't.' And he showed me his phone, and because he was doing his treatment at Chelsea for his knee injury, he knew all the Chelsea boys and Mourinho.
"And he had text from Mourinho whenever I scored, saying 'Bamford again!' That made me smile. That was the first time I knew that Mourinho knew about me."
Horan has been at the Chelsea training ground as he recovers from a knee injury, and it looks like he's been making friends in the right places.
Bamford, 20, enjoyed a successful loan spell at MK Dons before he stepped up to the Championship with Derby. And he's continued in the same vein, bagging eight goals in 14 starts for the promotion chasing side.
Derby face QPR in the Championship playoff final at Wembley this weekend, and Chelsea boss Mourinho will keep a close eye on the game. Either that, or he'll have his new chief scout file a report in between rehearsals.