Despite the Independent reporting that Chelsea have joined the race for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, Blues boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he would let the winger go if he was his player, according to the Daily Mail.
The battle for the 20-year-old has hotted up since he rejected a new contract at Anfield, and elected to put discussions over an extended deal on the back burner until the end of the season. Chelsea joined Arsenal as the clubs reportedly interested in the player.
Despite the speculation, his boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed that the England international is not available for any price. However, he may come under increasing pressure to sell, should it become clear that Sterling will not be staying
When asked about the player, and the situation his former colleague finds himself in currently, Mourinho explained that while he would not be happy to sell a top player, he would have no choice if the player wanted to leave.
“It doesn’t matter which player. If you ask me, for example, do I want Eden Hazard to leave Chelsea? No. If he wants to leave and doesn’t want to work with me, doesn’t want to play for Chelsea, does he have a price? I think he has,” Mourinho said.
“But I also understand the philosophy of managers and clubs who want to keep the players at any price. My philosophy is not better than that, it’s just mine.”