Jose Mourinho

5 Most Successful Signings Made By Jose Mourinho in the Last Decade

Jose Mourinho completed his first signing as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur as the Londoners announced the arrival of Gedson Fernandes on loan for 18 months, with an option to sign him permanently for reportedly around €50million. 

With that in mind, let us have a look at the best signings made by Mourinho in the last decade on the basis of how successful they were under him and also beyond.

5. Angel Di Maria

Jose Mourinho joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 and instantly sanctioned the purchase of Angel Di Maria from Benfica. He wowed the Bernabeu with his silky dribbling and became a fan favourite due to his work-rate. 

The Argentine outlived Mourinho at Madrid, leaving a year after the Portuguese departed. Ironically, his best season came under Carlo Ancelotti in 2013-14 where he was one of the most instrumental players in Madrid’s Champions League domination. 

He finished with 194 appearances for the Galacticos and scored 36 goals in them, including a Man of the Match performance in the final of the Champions League in 2014.

4. Mesut Ozil

Another player who went on to become a favourite at the Santiago Bernabeu, Mesut Ozil became one of Mourinho’s best ever signings. The German had a great outing at the World Cup in 2010, after which the Galacticos signed him due to the Portuguese’s recommendation. 

While he may not have won the Champions League with the Galacticos, he did end up becoming an assist-machine under the tutelage of Mourinho. He left the same summer as the Portuguese after having played 159 matches for them. 

3. Luka Modric

Just a few months after signing him, a fans poll on Marca dubbed Luka Modric as the worst signing of the 2012 summer. The Croat had a difficult time adjusting to the Spanish team in the first few months but slowly slotted in to become a key player in the second half of the season. 

Mourinho may have only gotten him for a single season but it was he who pushed for the signing of the Croat and now, he has stamped his name as one of the legends of the Galacticos. 

Modric went on to win the Ballon d’Or at Madrid, becoming the only player not named Messi or Ronaldo to win the award in the last decade.

2. Willian

Many Chelsea fans might not hold the highest opinion of him but if one looks back at the time he has had with the Londoners, they will realise that he has been one of their most important players ever since he joined from Anzhi. 

Willian has been the favourite of every manager that has been at Chelsea, be it Mourinho, Antonio Conte or Maurizio Sarri, which goes to show the dedication of the Brazilian. He cost them only €35million and has played 319 times for the Blues, helping them win the league twice. 

1. Diego Costa

Diego Costa may look like someone who has forgotten how to play football but his goals were what helped Mourinho lift the league title with Chelsea in his second season of his second stint at the club. 

He scored 20 goals from 26 league matches in his first season at Chelsea and helped them to the league title in the process. The following season was one to forget as he could muster only 16 goals from 41 matches. 

The Portuguese was sacked midway in Costa’s second season, 2015-16, at the club but the Spaniard hit top form again in 2016-17, scoring 20 goals in the league from 35 matches to help the Blues win the title for the second time in three seasons. 

Not bad for a player whose time at Stamford Bridge was surrounded by controversies.