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Chelsea want Portugal's Hilario as keeper

Chelsea's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho wants to sign Henrique Sampaio of his side as the London club's third keeper.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 18:06 IST

Chelsea's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho wants to sign Henrique 'Hilario' Sampaio of Portuguese side Nacional as the London club's third keeper.

Hilario, 30, played under Mourinho at Portuguese champions FC Porto in the 2002-03 season and his three-year contract with Nacional, based on the Portuguese island of Madeira in the Atlantic, expires at the end of July.

The Chelsea coach said in Lisbon on Monday that he was looking for a third goalkeeper to join Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini and was open to hiring a player from the Portuguese league.

"We'll see. I need a goalkeeper who is experienced, tranquil, a team player," he said when asked if Benfica's Qium was an option.

"It is possible that I will find someone with this profile in Portuguese football," he added.

Nacional finished the season in fifth place, securing a spot in the UEFA Cup alongside Sporting Braga and Portuguese Cup finalists Vitoria Setubal.