Shock! Amazement! Disbelief!
These are just a few of the emotions I didn't experience today when I read that Jose Mourinho ruled out the signing of Lionel Messi yesterday. Speaking at length about La Liga and pretty much everything else that would grab the headlines with BT Sport, the Chelsea manager categorically denied that his club are in a position to capitalise on Lionel Messi's reported "unhappiness" in Catalunya. Obviously.
The reason? First off, Mourinho went down the Financial Fair Play route, stating that his club has to "follow certain rules, certain numbers, and we obviously have no conditions to buy. In this moment we cannot do", before adding, rather intelligently I might add, that "I don’t think they want to sell".
It's refreshing to hear Mourinho talk so candidly about this situation given his history with FC Barcelona; indeed a cynic might have suggested that Jose would have taken this opportunity to "stir the pot" and create some trouble over in the Catalan capital, but he didn't. Instead, he just told the truth and helped put an end to an entirely false transfer rumour.
Jose Mourinho and...logic? This might take some getting used to...
- Report: Court of Arbitration for Sport "Likely" to Uphold FC Barcelona Transfer Ban
- FC Barcelona News: 24 December 2014; Nine Called up for Catalan National Team, Barca to Host Open Training
- Xavi Slams Cristiano Ronaldo; Says Lionel Messi Should Win Ballon d'Or
- Report: Juventus FC set to make offer for Pedro Rodríguez and Martín Montoya
- FC Barcelona News: 23 December 2014; Barça Kickoff Times Undergo Change, Changes Also Made to Barcelona Executive Structure