Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he signed Radamel Falcao on the recommendation of Gary Cahill and John Terry.
The Colombian forward has completed a loan move to the Blues, after spending last season with Manchester United. He failed to have the desired impact at Old Trafford and was sent back to Monaco, and now Mourinho has been charged with rejuvenating the former Atletico Madrid star's career.
Falcao managed just four goals in the Premier League for the Red Devils last time round, however Mourinho is convinced he can get the 29-year-old back to his best after he spoke to both Terry and Cahill after the 1-0 against Manchester United in April.
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Both defenders came back with rave reviews after going up against Falcao in that game, and Mourinho that was enough for him to pull the trigger on a deal.
"I spoke with John Terry and Gary Cahill a lot about him,’ the Special One said. "And we think the bright movement is there, the movement to get freedom in the box to score goals is there. Our players had difficulty to control him all the time and we feel the potential is there."
Falcao's knee injury which ruled him out of the World Cup last summer and seemed to impact upon his form last season is not thought to be a major concern for Chelsea. According to the Daily Mail, the Blues have reviewed his medical file and are confident he won't suffer any long-term effects next season.
Dual strike options
Falcao is set to meet up with his new Chelsea team-mates tomorrow in New York as they prepare for the upcoming Premier League season and their title defence.
The former Porto man, who has been on an extended break after participating in the Copa America with Colombia, won't feature in their opening pre-season friendly against New York Red Bulls on Thursday.
Jose Mourinho seems quietly confident that he will be able to get the best out of Falcao. It has been claimed that the forward shared something of an uneasy relationship with Louis van Gaal, who refused to tailor a training schedule to his needs in order to nurse his knee back to health.
Mourinho will be more subtle than that and give him every chance to succeed at Chelsea, where he is amongst Spanish speakers and former Atletico Madrid team-mates, like Diego Costa and Filipe Luis.
Of course, if Mourinho can get the best out of him it not only means he has two world class strikers at his disposal, but also would mean he'd get one over Van Gaal.