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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 June 2006, 12:03 GMT 13:03 UK
Chelsea close in on Hilario deal
Goalkeeper Hilario
Hilario has worked under Jose Mourinho at Porto
Portuguese goalkeeper Hilario will complete his move to Chelsea after his medical at the club on Thursday.

The 30-year-old is expected to sign a two-year deal from Nacional, according to reports in Portugal.

He will become boss Jose Mourinho's third-choice goalkeeper behind Petr Cech and Italy's Carlo Cudicini.

Hilario said: "I feel privileged to be a part of this giant club and I have come here with two aims, to work hard and to make it difficult for Mourinho."

He added: "I want to complicate his life. There are many minutes in a season and I am going to work hard in order to earn the confidence of the coach."

I already worked with him and I know he is intelligent

Jose Mourinho

"I respect and admire Cech and Cudicini, they are two great goalkeepers."

Hilario played under Mourinho at Porto in the 2003/04 season.

And Mourinho told Portuguese TV on Wednesday: "I already worked with him and I know he is intelligent.

"It's necessary to be intelligent in order be a substitute to the best goalkeeper in the world.

"He is not only bright but he also has common sense."

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