Jose pleased with Bosmans
By Pete Allison. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has saluted his hat-trick of free transfer signings, aided by the Bosman ruling.
Steve Sidwell, Tal Ben Haim and Claudio Pizarro have all completed moves to Stamford Bridge this summer, and the Blues supremo has hailed his captures.
Mourinho reserved particular praise for the signing of Sidwell, who completed his move from Reading on 1st July.
"He is a player I like," Mourinho told Chelsea TV.
"He is a player with the mentality which is very welcome in our dressing room and our philosophy.
"He is an English player with English mentality completely adapted to the Premiership with a successful period at Reading.
"He is wishing for new things for his career, playing for a big club and winning titles is a dream for any young player so yes he is a player I would like to have and I told the board we should try to sign."
Reports earlier in the summer suggested Mourinho would be handed very little money to spend this summer, but this has been discredited by the Portuguese boss, who says Bosman ruling signings were his own choice.
"Nobody from the board said 'Jose you have to only bring in players on a Bosman because we have no money to spend'.
"I think it's bad business if you only bring in players under the Bosman law and they are not good enough.
"If the only reason you are bringing them is because they are free, they become expensive. The point is to bring in good players."