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New Blues get warm welcome from Jose


Andre Schurrle

Andre Schurrle

Andre Schurrle

JOSE MOURINHO has welcomed the three additions he has made to his new Chelsea squad before the club's trip to Asia today.

The Europa League champions had signed Germany international Andre Schurrle and Holland midfielder Marco van Ginkel as well as veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

All three will head overseas with Mourinho and their new team-mates as the Portuguese prepares to start his second stint in charge of the club, and the 50-year-old is happy with the business he has done.

"Andre Schurrle is still so young but he already has great history because he plays in his national team, he has played Champions League and he played three seasons for Leverkusen," he said.

"So he is a player who is absolutely ready and he gives us more than one position in attack and adds quality. He will be important for us. Marco van Ginkel is one of the best prospects. He is not yet like Schurrle – close to being a finished product – but he is a player with great potential.

"Of course he needs to play and he will, because he is a player with great potential and physically he is more than ready. He is a natural athlete. By the technical and the tactical point of view of course he is a kid, he has to learn, but I think he is very open-minded and we analysed him for quite a long time."

Schwarzer is at the other end of the age scale at 40 and has penned a one-year deal as he looks to remain in the frame ahead of next year's World Cup.

Mourinho does not see a way he can dislodge Petr Cech, but he is pleased to have Schwarzer on board.

Mourinho is also counting Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Tomas Kalas as new signings.

The trio have been out on loan but are now considered ready for action.