Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is the best manager to harness young South American talent, according to Brazilian football legend Ronaldo.
The former Selecao star believes that the Premier League provides the perfect attacking platform for his young countrymen to shine in Europe, with Mourinho and his coaching methods the best fit for a prospect looking to shine on foreign shores.
Ronaldo was asked about the Premier League last night after taking on Rafael Nadal in a special challenge dubbed PokerStars' The Duel, with $50,000 going to the charity of the winner's choice.
Mourinho's methods get a glowing endorsement
After losing to Nadal on the poker table Ronaldo insisted that working with Mourinho is the strongest hand that could be offered to a promising Brazilian player, despite never playing in the Premier League himself.
Ronaldo is quoted by the Daily Mail as revealing: "It’s definitely the right thing to do (Brazilians coming to the Premier League) Because of the nature of the football here, which is a lot of tackles, a lot of attacking and forward play, it’s definitely a good decision for young Brazilians to come to the Premier League.
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"Especially the players under the coaching of Jose Mourinho, they have a lot of potential due to the nature of Mourinho as a coach."
Mourinho already looks after a quartet of Brazilian internationals in Oscar, Willian, Ramires and Filipe Luis, with the first three in particular all proving over the last 12 months they fit the demanding tactician's hard-working philosophy to a tee.
Oscar is perhaps the perfect example of Mourinho developing a Brazilian player and taking his game to the next level, with the young playmaker trusted to drive Chelsea forward from a coveted number 10 role.
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There's no doubt that Chelsea would be very confident of signing any player that emerges from that part of the world as a result of their current work with Brazilian talent.
Blues fans probably wish another man with the Ronaldo moniker was waxing lyrical about Mourinho's impressive work at Stamford Bridge, but it's a compliment that may help dispel the myth that the Portuguese coach doesn't help to develop young talent from across the globe.