Nicolas Jackson shares what Sadio Mane told him about Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino

Nicolas Jackson shares what Sadio Mane told him about Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino

Nicolas Jackson disclosed that he consulted Sadio Mane for guidance before joining Chelsea, and received a highly positive evaluation of their new manager Mauricio Pochettino from Mane, who hails from the same country.

Following an impressive season in La Liga, during which he scored nine goals in his last eight games, 22-year-old Nicolas Jackson completed a £30 million transfer from Villarreal to Chelsea. Prior to his remarkable run of form, Jackson had attracted interest from Bournemouth and Southampton in the January transfer window, although he failed a medical examination with the former club.

Several clubs expressed interest in signing him this summer, but it was Chelsea who ultimately emerged as the victors in the pursuit. Jackson has now disclosed that he sought advice from his Senegal national team-mate, Sadio Mane, before making the decision to join Chelsea.

Despite never having played under Mauricio Pochettino, the Bayern Munich forward shares a history with the manager through their time together at Southampton. Sadio Mane expressed admiration for Pochettino, believing that he can greatly contribute to Nicolas Jackson’s growth and development as a player.

“I spoke to Sadio Mane about him and he spoke very highly of him, he said amazing things about him,” Jackson told Chelsea’s official website after his transfer was confirmed.

“Sadio told me the manager is going to help me a lot to improve and do well if I listen to what he has to tell me, so that is exactly what I’m going to do.’

Additionally, Jackson disclosed that Chelsea’s rich history with African football legends like Didier Drogba and Demba Ba had an influence on his choice to join the club in West London.

He continued: “I watched English football when I was in Africa and now I am here, so it’s a good feeling for me. I grew up watching the Premier League because for me it is the best league in the world, so I love the Premier League and I know a lot about it and Chelsea.

“I met Demba when I went to Senegal with the national team and wanted to ask him about Chelsea when I saw him during the last international break, but I couldn’t because there were too many people around. So I decided to wait and text him about it once I have signed for Chelsea and send him the shirt I wore for my signing too.

“I spoke to my agent Diomansy Kamara about the Premier League as well, because he played in England for a few teams, including Fulham, so he knows the league and this area. He told me everything about playing here so I know a lot about it.

“I wanted to join a big team and Chelsea is one of the best teams in the world, plus I’ve watched them since I was young. I watched Demba Ba, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka was good too, big players. So I always dreamed of playing for a team like this.

“When Chelsea came there was no question in my mind. I always had this kind of team in my mind. I talked to my family and my agent and I have icons who played here – Drogba and Ba, big strikers. So when Chelsea came my heart said the answer should be yes and I decided to follow it and come here.

“I remember the Champions League final in 2012 and especially when Drogba scored that header right at the end. I watched those players for Chelsea when I was growing up so I decided to follow in their footsteps. Hopefully that’s what continues to happen now I’m here.”

Nicolas Jackson shares what Sadio Mane told him about Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino

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