No Way, Jose: Chelsea Manager Has No Fears Over New Signing

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that he cannot see Diego Costa having any problems adapting to life in the Premier League, as reported by AS.com.

The Brazil born Spanish international scored on his debut in pre-season for Chelsea, with fellow new signing Cesc Fabregas setting him up for a goal against Olimpija Ljubljana. While Mourinho says it is good for a new striker to score on their debut for a club, he does not feel as though the striker will suffer in the Premier League.

Mourinho also confirmed that he saw Costa as the priority in the transfer market this summer.

He said:  “Diego is made. Physically, mentally, Diego is an end-product. The Premier League is difficult and he knows; he is ready. To play with the Chelsea responsibilities and pressure, he knows and he is ready, too.

“I don’t think it will be difficult for him to succeed. I feel he is the right guy to help the team to win things. He just needs to work with the new players, the new team and the new coach to adapt his football to a different way of playing.”

 

Fabregas he pointed to as a great alternative to the midfield options already available to him at the club, and Mourinho also said that he personally spoke to the Spain international in an attempt to convince him to move to the Stamford Bridge club.

Mourinho added: “We clearly needed a player for the midfield with a different profile and we had two or three options, but, my club were fantastic with the way they killed the situation with Fabregas.

“What I did was explain to the player what I want from him, explain to the player what was waiting for him, tried to make the player believe that the move was the perfect move for him.

He also said that Filipe Luis gives him the left-back he felt the club needed, saying: “We always felt that Filipe was a very stable player and one which gave us multi-solutions because I can play Azpi right-back and Ivanovic centre-back because of Filipe.”

New Signing Dejan Lovren: “Liverpool Is More Than A Club”

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New boy Dejan Lovren has declared that Liverpool is “more than a club” in his first interview since signing with the Anfield outfield, as reported by the club’s official website.

The Croatian international finally completed his long speculated move to Liverpool late on Sunday night, having undergone a medical on Saturday, and is expected to fly out and join Brendan Rodgers’s side in Boston this week, to begin his pre-season preparations with his new side.

Lovren is Liverpool’s fifth signing of the summer and the third to join from Southampton after the additions of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana. Lazar Markovic and former Leverkusen man Emre Can are the other two signings made by Rodgers ahead of Liverpool’s new season.

He professed his excitement, saying: “We have millions and millions of supporters – Liverpool is more than a club.

“It’s a dream come true. I’m happy and glad to be here; I’m proud and can’t wait to start.

“I’m most looking forward to Anfield, of course.

“I played there last season in front of the crowd singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. That is something very special for every player, every sportsman and every fan. I can’t wait to get started.”

The move for the defender is expected to cost the club £20 million, with Liverpool having bowed to Southampton’s demands in order to get their man. The spending at the Merseyside club is expected to continue, despite the recent news that Loic Remy’s move has collapsed after he failed a medical on Sunday.

Liverpool Make £20 Million Man Their Fifth Signing Of The Summer

Liverpool have confirmed their fifth signing of the summer, the oft speculated upon addition of Dejan Lovren from Southampton, as confirmed by their official Twitter account.

The defensive dynamo joins the club for a fee speculated to be between £16 million and £20 million, with Southampton holding out for the higher fee until recently. The Anfield club seem to have buckled, despite Lovren recently declaring that his heart was already in Liverpool after a summer of interest from the Merseyside club.

Lovren represents Liverpool’s fifth signing of the summer and their first defensive one. Emre Can and Lazar Markovic have already joined from elsewhere, with Lovren being reunited with former Southampton teammates Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana at his new club.

It is unsurprising that Liverpool would invest significantly in their defence this summer. Their back-line was never secure last season, and had they constructed a more solid unit, they may have turned their second placed finish into a first title in the Premier League era.