Joe Cole has revealed to The Daily Record that Jose Mourinho liked Scott Sinclair when the Celtic winger went to Chelsea.
Sinclair joined Chelsea back in 2005 after leaving Bristol Rovers. Much was expected of the winger when he moved to the Blues, but he failed to make a big impact at Stamford Bridge.
The former England Under-21 international left Chelsea in 2010 after a number of loan spells away from the London outfit.
The 28-year-old revitalised his career at Swansea City, but he struggled once again after joining Manchester City in 2012.
Sinclair moved to Celtic from Aston Villa in the summer of 2016 for a transfer fee reported by The Guardian to be worth £3 million.
The winger was superb for the Glasgow giants last season, scoring 25 goals in 50 matches in all competitions.
Cole played with Sinclair at Chelsea and at Villa, and the former England international has spoken highly of the Celtic star.
The former Liverpool man, now at Tampa Bay Rowdies, believes that Sinclair is perfect for Celtic, and has revealed that Mourinho liked him when the Portuguese boss, now in charge of Manchester United, was the Chelsea manager.
“Scott arrived at Chelsea with a lot of promise,” Cole told The Daily Record. “He was brilliant in our pre-season and I remember Mourinho really liked him. He actually showed a bit of faith in Scott – he played a few games that summer in 2005.”
“Scott’s a top player,” added Cole. “When he went to Celtic I remember saying to myself it was a match made in heaven. He was going back to work with his former manager who would look after him.
“And he was going to a big club – Scott always liked the big stage. He’s a strong boy – nothing fazes him. I’m so pleased for him it has worked out the way it has. Scott deserves everything he gets out the game.”