Solanke on what Mourinho told him before he made his debut


Chelsea prospect Dominic Solanke has revealed what Jose Mourinho told him before he made his debut.

Dominic Solanke has revealed that Jose Mourinho told him to play with freedom before he came on to make his Chelsea debut in the Champions League in midweek.

Solanke is regarded as one of the hottest properties currently breaking through at Stamford Bridge, and he made his first appearance for the club against Maribor on Tuesday night.

By the time the 17-year-old came on the match was already over as a contest, with Chelsea well ahead, but Solanke says that he was delighted to come on in the 6-0 triumph.

The lightening-quick forward could have been daunted by the prospect of playing with some of the Blues big-name stars for the first time competitively, but he says that Mourinho's words of praise aided him.

"The manager helped me too," he said to Chelsea's official site. "He gave me some last-minute tips before I came on and said to play freely because he has faith in me. For someone like him to have faith in me at my age shows there’s an opportunity there.

"At a club like Chelsea you are going to have some of the best players in the world and playing alongside them was just amazing really. I can only learn from them."

It is a massive achievement for the youngster to have broken through at Stamford Bridge due to the strength of their first-team.

For all their success in recent times, Chelsea's utilisation of the youth-team could have been better and Solanke is one of their only academy-stars to have been exposed to first-team football in a considerable amount of time.

The hope is that he will be able to kick-on after this opportunity and Mourinho certainly seems to have faith that he will be able to do just that. 

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