Chelsea boss was famously close to signing former England captain in 2005…
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has joked that he will try to sign Liverpool’s outgoing skipper Steven Gerrard when he leaves Liverpool this summer.
The Portuguese was close to signing the midfielder in a sensational deal during his first stint as Blues boss but was unable to finalise a move and Gerrard elected to stay at Anfield.
However, with the Liverpool legend set to leave the club at the end of the season after agreeing a deal with MLS giants LA Galaxy, Mourinho joked he would finally capture the Kop legend on a loan deal from the American franchise.
Mourinho also said he was sorry to see Gerrard leaving the Premier League and when asked by BBC 5 Live if he would try to persuade the 34 year old to stay, Mourinho said: “Or to get him on loan.”
“I’m not happy he leaves. I would love the Premier League to keep always the best players,” said Mourinho, who applauded Gerrard off the field during his side’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final when he was substituted.
“I think he has more than enough quality to play in the Premier League. In spite [of the fact] he’s my opponent, I feel sorry that he’s leaving.”