Real Madrid Castilla striker Denis Cheryshev says first team boss Jose Mourinho congratulated him on his debut for Russia this week.
The 22-year-old played 10 minutes as a substitute for Fabio Capello’s team against the United States after coming on for Maksim Grigoriev, and he says Mourinho is not like the person painted by the Press.
“I was thrilled to be congratulated by my family and especially the Coach of the first team,” he told VM Daily.
“I got to enjoy it with my family and will continue to work hard but Mourinho is not the person the Press makes him out to be.
“I know how he treats us, the younger players, and he does it with the utmost respect while making no distinction between any of us.
“The first time I spoke to him face-to-face my heart was pumping so much I thought it was going to come out of my chest.”