Mourinho's son signs student terms with Fulham

The youngster has received international clearance to register with the Cottagers' youth side, while Manchester City are set to recall young defender Karim Rekik
Jose Mourinho's teenage son has signed student terms with Fulham after receiving international clearance from Fifa.

Jose junior has been playing for Fulham Under-14s all season but was unable to officially join the London club until he had cleared a red-tape hurdle.

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

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

Jose junior impressed during a five-week trial with Fulham at the start of the season but did not sign until the club satisfied Fifa last month that the schoolboy moved to England solely because of his famous father's job.

The teenage goalkeeper has now penned student terms, which entails three training sessions during the week and a weekend match.

His father is understood to be a regular visitor to Fulham's Motspur Park headquarters to watch his son in action for the Under-14s.

Mourinho approached the academy of Chelsea's west London rivals last summer about giving an opportunity to Jose junior because he wanted his son close to the family home in London while avoiding accusations of nepotism had he joined the Stamford Bridge youth set-up.

By Wayne Veysey


Karim Rekik is to be recalled by Manchester City this summer following a loan spell with PSV Eindhoven.

The 19-year-old centre back has impressed in the Eredivisie this season, with his performances for the Eindhoven club earning him a call-up to Netherlands' pre-World Cup training camp.

City want to include Rekik as part of their squad next season to boost their homegrown list and have already knocked back a loan enquiry from mid-table Ligue 1 side Toulouse.

PSV are also keen to take the promising defender on a permanent deal but Pellegrini's side have set a valuation of €10 million, which is likely to deter the Dutch club.

Rekik exclusively told Goal on Saturday that he is looking forward to being a part of the first-team squad at the Etihad Stadium and is dreaming of a potential place in Louis van Gaal's World Cup squad.

By Paul Clennam