Anfield and Stamford Bridge watch out, ‘The Special One’ is coming!
José Mourinho today identified Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole as the type of signings he would like to make at Real Madrid, causing consternation in the boardrooms of Liverpool and Chelsea.
Mourinho is poised to succeed Manuel Pellegrini as Real manager, having announced his departure from Internazionale and he sparked intrigue as he name-checked the trio of World Cup-bound England internationals. During his time in charge at Chelsea, he almost signed the Liverpool captain Gerrard while he has retained a close relationship with Lampard and Cole.
Cole, 29, is understood to be considering his future in England as he contends with the fall-out from the break-down of his marriage. The left-back feels he is being persecuted by sections of the media. Gerrard, who turns 30 on Sunday, and Lampard, 31, are considered by Mourinho as photo-fit signings in midfield.
“I like players at the end of their careers,” Mourinho said. “I love to have some players who are 33 or 34-years-old. They are players who you buy and you do not recover the money but if they give you good performances for two or three years, you’ve got your money’s worth. Both [Gerrard and Lampard] are great players who always give everything.” (Guardian)
Jose Mourinho is not a man to do things by half. Still yet to be named as the new Madrista boss the ‘Special One’ has wasted no time in making a nuisance of himself. He has named two players outright as those he would like to sign knowing full well that doing so will infuriate both Anfield and Stamford Bridge camps. He and Real Madrid go together like two things that go really well together.
Ashley Cole had of course already been linked with a move to the La Liga giants long before it became clear that the former Chelsea boss was set for the job. This summer looks like being a busy one with a whole new line of Galaticos set to be named, what then do they do with the last load they brought in?
Remember Real spent upwards of £200m last summer and one wonders if they may just outspend that obscene total this time around. These three English internationals must be worth a good £85m on their own then of course there will be just about every Inter Milan player who will no doubt be linked with a move to follow their boss out the San Siro door.
Watch this space.