Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that the club wouldn't have signed striker Radamel Falcao if he wasn't fully fit.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the Blues tactician, who led the club to Premier League glory last term, believes the Colombian hitman can perform for the club next term despite his struggles on English soil in 2014/15.
Falcao, of course, endured a torrid season under the guidance of Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, where he managed to find the back of the net on just four occasions for the Red Devils.
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Mourinho, though, believes he can deliver the goods for Chelsea next season. The Blues chief stated: "When a player is injured or has bad consequences of a big injury there is sometimes nothing you can do.
"We made ourselves sure that that was not the case with Falcao because if that was the case he would not be with us.
Perform for Chelsea
"He didn’t perform for many reasons last season. Some players don’t perform with me, some players don’t perform with Chelsea, they go to other clubs and they perform.
"This can happen. So we know that Falcao is in good conditions related to the surgery he had before he went to Man United.
"He didn’t perform for many reasons, it is not up to us to analyse it. We just think he can with us.
"We believe that he can with us and to replace a big player like Didier Drogba we wanted to go with another big player with experience, ready, so these three strikers for us - Falcao, Loic Remy and Diego Costa and we are very happy."
It's a risk
Let's be honest, it's quite obvious that Mourinho is taking a big gamble on Falcao, who didn't look the same player last season. In truth, the Colombian looked well off the pace and struggled with the demands and intensity of English football.
Perhaps, though, with the confidence of Mourinho, we will see a new Falcao in 2015/16. He certainly has something to prove, and will be determined to make a success of his Premier League stint. He has it all to do, but it may be slightly too early to write him off just yet.
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