Mourinho on reported Chelsea target: I knew he would be a top striker

The Blues boss has been singing the praises of Roma striker Mattia Destro.

The Serie A forward has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in recent days, although it appears that Loic Remy will now move to Stamford Bridge after Fernando Torres' departure to AC Milan.

Jose Mourinho, though, has heaped praise on Destro nevertheless. Perhaps a move to west London could still be on the cards sooner or later...

“Mattia was a kid when I was at Inter. I think he was like 18. He was playing the Primavera team, our under-21s, training with us so many times," Mourinho told reporters.

“Everyone knew at the club that his potential was there to be a top striker.

“He was unlucky because we had Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Adriano, then Samuel Eto’o, Diego Milito.

“So it was not easy for him to come into the first-team. The ones that got the chance were Davide Santon and Giulio Donati.”

At 23, the Italy striker appears to have a bright future ahead of him and could well become a long-term replacement for Didier Drogba.

Drogba, 36, re-signed for Chelsea this summer but cannot realistically be expected to continue beyond the next couple of seasons.

While a move for Destro right now may be off the table, then, the Italian could still be playing his football in the Premier League in the long run.

Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be interested in securing his services.

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