Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Brazilian playmaker Oscar has the potential to develop like star man Eden Hazard next season, reports Goal.com.
Hazard, of course, has played a key role in the Blues' title success this season, having claimed the Premier League Player of the Year award, and now Mourinho expects his teammate to follow in his footsteps in the 2015/16 campaign.
In fact, the Portuguese tactician, who watched his champions draw on home soil with Liverpool yesterday afternoon, believes a full pre-season in west London will help him go from strength-to-strength.
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The Chelsea boss told reporters: "I have a feeling that Oscar, next year, can have the same evolution that Hazard had this season.
"He has never had a pre-season in his life because of tournaments but now he will have a pre-season because he is injured for the Copa America."
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Drogba convinced Hazard to join Chelsea
Staying with Hazard, and Chelsea's talisman has revealed that he didn't initially want to join Chelsea as they weren't going to be playing in the Champions League.
And the Belgian international has revealed that he was contacted by now Blues teammate Didier Drogba, who persuaded him to move to west London.
As reported by the Mirror, the wide-man stated: "I didn't want to go to Chelsea because I wanted to play the Champions League and they were sixth in the league.
"I was convinced when they won the Champions League in 2012.
"At the time, Roberto Di Matteo really wanted me, they had Juan Mata, and Oscar had been bought. I was told: 'You'll see, Chelsea will play football'.
"Gervinho called me and said: 'Someone's on the phone'. I didn't know who it was but it was Drogba, he wanted me to sign.
"I was flattered, he was maybe the best striker in the world. In my head, I wasn't going to sign, but in the end I was very pleased with my choice. I didn't speak to Abramovich. I don't know why coach Garcia wrote that in his book."
Chelsea favourites to land Koke
Chelsea lead the race to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, according to the Sun. The report claims that Koke, who is also wanted by Manchester City, could move to England for around £40 million in the upcoming market.
Mourinho, of course, has heavily recruited from the La Liga outfit in recent time, having purchased the duo of Doego Costa and Filipe Luis in last summer's transfer window.
There's no doubt about it, Koke would make a fine coup for the Stamford Bridge outfit, but it remains to be seen as to whether the club's hierarchy step up their interest in him anytime soon.
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