Jose Mourinho gives his view on Chelsea’s new signings
Chelsea's Jose Mourinho insists the likes of Andre Schürrle and Marco van Ginkel are ready for the rigours of the Premier League
Jose Mourinho insists that the likes of Andre Schürrle and Marco van Ginkel are ready for the rigours of the Premier League next season with Chelsea.
The 50-year-old has made three signings since taking the reins at Stamford Bridge for the second time, with goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer following Schürrle, 22, and Van Ginkel, 20, to west London earlier this week.
And the Blues boss believes that all three players are ready to play important roles at Stamford Bridge next season as they look to prise the Premier League title away from Manchester United.
“Andre Schürrle is still so young but he already has great history because he plays in his national team, he has played Champions League and he played three complete seasons for Leverkusen,” Mourinho told Chelsea’s website.
“So he is a player who is absolutely ready and he gives us more than one position in attack and adds quality. He will be important for us.
“Marco van Ginkel is one of the best prospects. He is not yet like Schurrle – close to being a finished product – but he is a player with great potential.
“Of course he needs to play and he will, because he is a player with great potential and physically he is more than ready. He is a natural athlete. By the technical and the tactical point of view of course he is a kid, he has to learn, but I think he is very open-minded and we analysed him for quite a long time.
“The Chelsea scouting department did it for quite a long time and I did it in the last five or six months, and we made a collective decision to bring the kid here.
“Mark Schwarzer is what we need. I never say this one is the first choice and this one is the second and this one is the third, but of course as a starting point Petr Cech is Petr Cech – he is the best in the world with deference to all the others and Mark knows that he comes to be an important member of the squad, to compete with Petr and to give us in that position what we have in any other position where we have competition and options, giving protection to each other.
“With Mark we have a goalkeeper who has played an incredible number of matches in the last 10 years in the Premier League and he is more than ready for this.”