Here are Jose Mourinho’s last 7 signings as Chelsea manager: Where are they now?
7. Danilo Pantic - Partizan
Now, we should point out that since Jose Mourinho has had two stints as Chelsea manager, we are referring to the most recent one here - which saw him lead the club from June 2013 to December 2015. In that time, Mourinho won a Premier League and League Cup double, before a dreadful start to his third season saw him sacked by owner Roman Abramovich. The Portuguese head coach also oversaw the sales of Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and essentially Mohamed Salah as well.
In terms of bringing players in, Mourinho’s seventh to last signing was Serbian midfielder Danilo Pantic. Brought to the club from Partizan for a little over £1 million, Pantic is a fairly creative attacking midfielder. Like most youngsters at Stamford Bridge, Pantic has spent his entire time contracted to the club out on-loan, firstly to Vitesse, then Excelsior and now back at Partizan. Aged 21, Pantic’s current contract will run out at the end of this season, and it’s highly unlikely that the Blues will offer him a new deal, meaning a return to Partizan on a free transfer is probably the most likely outcome.
6. Baba Rahman - Schalke
Abdul Rahman Baba of Schalke controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Schalke 04 at Volkswagen Arena on August 25, 2018 in Wolfsburg, Germany.
One man who has played for Chelsea and may still have a chance at the Bridge is Ghanaian international Baba Rahman. A quick and hard working left-back / wing-back who cost the Blues an initial £14 million, with the potential to rise to £22 million, Rahman made 23 appearances for the West Londoners in his first season with the club. Tough-tackling, attack-minded and capable of putting wicked deliveries into the box, Rahman’s chances at Chelsea may be limited by Marcos Alonso. He is currently a third of the way through an 18-month loan deal at Bundesliga outfit Schalke, who are supposedly paying 100% of his reported £85,000 a week wages.
5. Pedro - Chelsea
A bit of a renaissance man under Maurizio Sarri at the start of this Premier League season, Spanish wide man Pedro has played a pivotal role in the Blues first few games. The 31-year-old scored 23 goals in his breakout season at Barcelona, but that remains his finest goal scoring season. Mourinho brought the World Cup and three-time Champions League winner to Chelsea from Barcelona for £19 million, and he has since enjoyed mixed form in the capital. Quick and versatile, Pedro has excellent movement, and he could chip in with a fair few goals if Sarri persists with him as a regular this season.
4. Kenedy - Newcastle United
Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez speaks with Kenedy during the Newcastle United Training Session at The Newcastle United Training Centre on August 24, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne,...
One of Jose Mourinho’s most exciting signings from his final summer in charge of the club, Brazilian youth international Kenedy cost just over £6 million having impressed in Rio with Fluminense. Formerly a left-back but now more commonly found on the wing, Kenedy is strong and unpredictable. He is currently on-loan at Newcastle United, where he showed glimpses of his potential in the second half of last season. We back Kenedy in our list of 7 Premier League Players to Watch this season, and he promptly responded by kicking out at a player, for which he should have been sent off, losing the ball every time he got it and missing a penalty in the dying embers of the game against the favourites to get relegated this season. Oh well, the only way is up…
3. Papy Djilobodji - Sunderland
Kenedy may have been rubbish in that game for Newcastle United, but that’s child's play compared to fellow North East local Papy Djilobodji, who spent an entire season with Sunderland when they were relegated from the Premier League. Still with the now League One outfit, Djilobodji spent last season on-loan in France, but has been unable to secure a move over the summer as at the date of this video's production. Chelsea signed the Senegalese international under Mourinho for in the region of £3 million, which means he cost them around £3 million per appearance.
Well, that would be true if Sunderland weren’t as mad as a box of frogs and hadn’t forked out £8 million for him. Ultimately, a decent piece of business by Jose, although we’re not quite sure how.
2. Michael Hector - Chelsea
Michael Hector of Chelsea in action during the pre season friendly match between WAC RZ Pellets and Chelsea FC at the Worthersee Stadion on July 20, 2016 in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Another perennial Chelsea loanee who has about as much chance of playing for them as my cat, and I don’t even have a cat, Jose Mourinho’s second to last Chelsea signing was Michael Hector.
In a prime example of the Blues stockpiling talent, Mourinho signed the Jamaican international after he looked half decent at Reading for a season in the Championship.
Hector’s bid to become the most loaned out player in history took a hit this summer, although that is a bid we believe he’s currently winning, after he was seemingly so unreliable in a leaky Hull City defence last season that no-one took a chance on him this summer.
Either that or Sarri fancies him in his first team plans!
1. Marco Amelia - Free Agent
Well, every team needs a back up goalkeeper, and we saw that with Adam Bogdan in the Brendan Rodgers video, but you’d be lying if you didn’t say Marco Amelia was a bit of a disappointent as Jose Mourinho’s final Chelsea signing.
The former AC Milan goalkeeper who has won 9 caps for Italy - which isn’t bad going in the Gianluigi Buffon era - joined the Blues in October 2015 as a backup to Asmir Begovic, following an injury to regular first choice Thibaut Courtois.
The 36-year-old didn’t make a single appearance at Stamford Bridge, and he has played only four games for Vicenza since then, currently a free agent.
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