Revealed: How Mourinho secured his son Fulham trial

Chelsea's west London rivals are set to offer the 13-year-old goalkeeper student terms but must get international clearance before they can sign him to their youth set-up
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Jose Mourinho's teenage son is currently on trial at Fulham but only after a personal intervention from his famous father, Goal can reveal.

Mourinho approached the academy of Chelsea's west London rivals earlier this summer about giving an opportunity to his 13-year-old son Jose junior.

Sources say Mourinho chose Fulham because he wanted his son close to the family home in London while avoiding accusations of nepotism had he joined the youth set-up at Chelsea.

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Mourinho's son had previously been playing for Real Madrid's Canillas team while his father was manager at the Bernabeu.

Goal understands that Fulham have been so impressed by the teenage goalkeeper that they have decided to offer him student terms when his five-week trial imminently expires, which will entail three training sessions during the week and a weekend match.

However, the Craven Cottage club must wait for international clearance from Fifa before signing up the Portuguese schoolboy.

Under Fifa rules, clubs must provide evidence to the world governing body that a youngster from overseas is recruited for 'non footballing reasons'.

Sources say Fulham are confident of clearing this red-tape hurdle as Jose junior has moved to England solely because of his famous father's job.

But it is likely to be months before the youngster is formally given the green light by Fifa due to bureaucratic reasons.

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