Jose praise delights Gradel

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 2:13

Jose praise delights Gradel

The former Leicester and Leeds forward signed for the Cherries earlier this week from St Etienne on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Gradel was used as an example by Mourinho to illustrate the talent in the Premier League and the competitive nature of the top flight.
“Yes, I think I can play for Chelsea, of course,” Gradel said “It’s nice to know a big manager like Mourinho said something like this.
“If he says that, that means that it’s true. He won’t say anything that he doesn’t mean. With the squad they have, it’s easier to play in the Chelsea team. It’s easier to play with great players.”
Gradel, who returned to Bournemouth after a loan spell there in 2007/08, is determined to prove his value and believes he could end up at Stamford Bridge in future if he performs well.
“It’s a positive pressure. You work hard to get to this level,” said the 27-year-old. “I have to be happy and enjoy it, because I know how far I’ve come. It’s a big test for me to show people what I can do at this level. 
“In England you go where you deserve to go. When you’re good enough to go to Chelsea, you go to Chelsea.
“In England they give you opportunities. If I’m doing well and the club here are happy with what they gain, if everybody’s happy, we move on.”
Gradel, who has been capped 41 times by the Ivory Coast, had offers from CSKA Moscow in Russia, Lille in France and Bournemouth’s fellow Premier League newcomers Watford, but the chance to work with Eddie Howe was too good to refuse.
“A lot of people don’t understand my decision. They are probably thinking I should be playing for the top teams now,” he added..
“I agree with them, but for me it’s important you go where you’ll be happy. When you’re happy in the club or the town, it’s easier to give your best every game.
“Eddie Howe is a great person. I’ve known him for a long time and this club gave me the opportunity. I was at Leicester but I never played for the first team. This club gave me the chance to play first-team football.
“This is where things started for me. I have something to give back to this club and my story with this club hasn’t finished yet.”

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