One Direction star training at Chelsea

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One Direction star Niall Horan has been pictured training with Chelsea after being given special permission by Jose Mourinho as he continues his rehabilitation from knee surgery.

The Daily Mail reports how the 20-year-old boy band member is using the Premier League club's Cobham training base and receiving treatment from Blues medical staff in a bid to return to full fitness.

Mourinho's daughter Matilda is said to be a huge One Direction fan, which prompted the Portuguese tactician to make the generous offer to the Irish pop star.

The Chelsea manager first met Horan and other members of One Direction when the band enjoyed a private training session with his former club Real Madrid in May 2013, and it appears that the pair have stayed in touch ever since.

Horan looked the real deal in his personalised training gear and showed off his nifty footwork with a series of neat flicks and tricks as he practised just metres away from a number of Chelsea's first-team stars, including Fernando Torres, John Terry and Willian.

Of course, the Irishman is not the first member of One Direction to try his hand at football, after band-mate Louis Tomlinson made a 20-minute cameo for Doncaster Rovers reserves against Rotherham last month, a match that attracted a bumper crowd of over 5,000.

However, it's not anticipated that Niall will make an appearance for Chelsea any time soon, with the exercise designed merely to get him back fit for One Direction's world tour which begins in April.

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