Date: 26th August 2021 at 4:37pm
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captain will be feeling the love as wasted no time in praising the Italian, having started their Serie A campaign with a win over Fiorentina.

The new boss reserved some kind words for the 25-year-old midfielder ahead of Thursday night’s second leg qualifier against Trabzonspor.

“If I had three Pellegrini’s I’d play them all,” Mourinho said. “He’s very smart and knows what I want.

“He’s very clever and understands the game really well.”

The side lead 2-1 from the first leg, thanks to goals from Pellegrini himself and new signing Eldor Shomurodov, with a place in the newly formed tournament proper at stake.