The Portuguese coach thinks a lot of the Spain youth international, but feels that he ought to move away from the Spanish capital to continue his progressBayer Leverkusen CEO Wolfgang Holzhauser has revealed that conversations with Jose Mourinho were enough to convince the club of the merits of former Real Madrid youngster Dani Carvajal.
The 20-year-old confirmed his move to the BayArena on Monday for a fee believed to be in the region of €5 million, but the Spanish champions inserted a buy-back clause that could see him move back to the Santiago Bernabeu next summer.
And Holzhauser says that Mourinho's praise for the Spain Under-19 international was part of what convinced them to splash out on the right-back.
"[Sporting director] Rudi Voller was repeatedly in contact with Mourinho," he revealed to Express. "Mourinho recommended Carvajal highly.
"He thinks a lot of the boy, but also said that he could continue to perform at another club. In real terms, he's behind Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Arbeloa. With us, he can continue to perform."
Bayer Leverkusen will compete in the Europa League next season after managing a fifth-placed finish in the Bundesliga last time out.