Mourinho’s Friend Confident of Landing Loan Partnership

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Updated: June 18, 2015

On the back of PFC Ludogorets Razgrad’s new manager announcement, many believe that Chelsea and the Bulgarian club have established a fruitful partnership for the years to come.  Bruno Ribeiro, the Portuguese former Leeds United and Sheffield United manager, will take up the reins at the Bulgarian Group A champions for the 2015-2016 season.  Ribeiro, like Mourinho, was born in Setubal, and the pair have been close for some time.

Ribeiro told Bulgarian media, “José Mourinho is like a brother of mine. We talked about Ludogorets and he advised me to come here.  It is possible that some Chelsea players will join Ludogorets [on loan deals]. ” According to various media outlets, including the Guardian and the Express, Ribeiro’s comments suggest that their relationship could be the start a long and successful system of loan transfers between the two league champions.

Much like Chelsea’s loan protocol with Vitesse Arnhem, the envisioned relationship would allow several Chelsea players to join the Bulgarian side, with the hopes that their development would improve with increased playing time.  For Chelsea, this is a double-edged sword: First, they’re able to loan out promising players who won’t readily feature in the first team.  Second, if those players improve elsewhere their marketability will undoubtedly increase.  Judging from the Chelsea loan policy of the recent past, this venture would be extremely favorable.

Mourinho has yet to comment on the matter, but Ribeiro has made his intentions quite clear.  “I will talk with [José] and see what happens. Without doubt, he is going to help us.”  If the newly hired Portuguese’s enthusiasm is any indication of the promise of this ambitious endeavor, both Chelsea and Ludogorets stand to benefit greatly.

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