The Portugal midfielder arrived on an 18-month loan from Benfica this week, with a view to a permanent transfer.
Speaking about the Portugal international ahead of the game, Mourinho said: “This weekend they can expect him to be involved, starting or not but for sure involved in the team.
“When you get players in January, normally it’s because you need. And we need. because we lost important players for long time so we need his contribution. Young player, yes, just arrived in a new country, yes, but at the same time has experienced of playing for a big club.
“Has played already big matches, for instance Bayern Munich and Galatasaray away in the Champions League. Europa League quarter-finals, so he’s used to a high level of stress, pressure, responsibility.
“He’s a kid that can play different positions in midfield, even wide on the right if we need. We got him for his multi-functionality. He’s what I used to call a special loan. He’s not a three month loan and goodbyes. One-and-a-half year loan when he’ll have time to develop, and who knows if he doesn’t stay here for a number of years.”
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