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Bailly, Lindelof benefit from Shaw’s shanked redemption - 6 months ago, 11 Aug 00:36

By: Matthew Stead

For a manager who has built one of the most successful managerial careers in football history on a foundation of defensive organisation, Jose Mourinho has only ever spent more than £10million on a centre-half on four separate occasions.

The first two times brought mixed results. Ricardo Carvalho established himself as one of the Premier League’s finest defenders after joining Chelsea for £20m. Kurt Zouma has enjoyed a slightly less spectacular spell at Stamford Bridge after signing ten years later for £12m.

The Portuguese has, more often than not, inherited the bases of his teams, or at least sourced them cheaply. Carvalho and Jorge Costa had long been at Porto by the time Mourinho took charge, as had John Terry at Chelsea. He had Walter Samuel bestowed upon him at Inter Milan, and paired him with the inexpensive Lucio. Pepe and Sergio Ramos were his lynchpins at Real Madrid, both of whom joined ...
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