Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho hails Blues scouting department

Jose Mourinho says that he has been impressed by improvements in Chelsea's scouting department since he left the club

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Jose Mourinho was officially unveiled last week Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho says that he has been impressed by improvements in Chelsea’s scouting department since he left the club back in 2007.

The 50-year-old sealed a return to Stamford Bridge earlier this month after signing a four-year deal with the club he led to six trophies during his first spell in charge between 2004 and 2007.

The Blues have already snapped up Andre Schürrle from Bayer Leverkusen for £18m and have been linked with a host of other names over the last few months.

And Mourinho has praised the work of Chelsea’s scouting department, which is led by technical director Michael Emenalo.

“I cannot travel because I have important things to do in the club,” Mourinho said. “I cannot travel because if I travel everybody knows I’m travelling, everybody knows where I am, everybody knows the player I’m looking for, everybody starts the speculation.

“The area of the club responsible for analysing the opponents and preparing the matches is basically the same structure I implemented when I was here, and now they are just waiting for my next input for evolution of that.

“But in the area of scouting young players, the club has had an evolution. The club is better now than when I came, and I think it’s better because it needs to be better, because you cannot just find a player when he’s 24, 25, 26 and in the best moment of his career.

“You have to scout and follow before that and you cannot do it without a good structure. That is an area of the club where I found good work is being done.

“I think Michael and his staff are prepared. They gave me already some, and they are prepared to provide me with the type of information I need.”

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