‘He was not my choice’: Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho makes shock revelation on summer signing

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that it was not his choice to sign Papy Djilobodji on deadline day of the summer transfer window.

The reigning English champions completed two signings in the final hours of the market, as Djilobodji arrived in a £4m deal from Nantes, while Michael Hector was confirmed for the same fee from Championship side Reading.

And Mourinho has surprisingly announced at his Friday press conference that he actually knew little about Djilobodji before he was lured to west London, claiming that someone he ‘trusts’ told him that the Senegal defender would be an excellent squad player.

The Portuguese boss also divulge that the same person who gave the green light on Djilobodji’s move was also the man who said that Kurt Zouma would be an excellent acquisition for the Blues.

“It was not my choice. It was the choice of somebody I trust completely,” Mourinho said, as quoted by the Daily Express.

“I don’t know every player. My job doesn’t allow me to travel, doesn’t allow me to spend hours and hours watching players.

“And in some moments of the market, under certain circumstances are moments where you have to trust or not the people that you work with.

“In my case I trust, because the same person that told me that Djilabodi can be a good squad player for us, was the same person who told me that Zouma would be a great player.”

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Chelsea next face Everton in the Premier League, and with Manchester City already boasting a commanding eight point lead at the top of the table, Mourinho’s men really can’t afford too many more slip ups in their title defence.

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