Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed his failure to sign Steven Gerrard, also reserving nothing but respect for the departing Liverpool legend
The Reds captain was close to signing for the Blues in 2005, during the Portuguese’s first stint as a Chelsea manager, with Gerrard staying put eventually.
Mourinho, who dreamt of acquiring the Anfield icon, has expressed his transfer disappointment, despite Liverpool open to Gerrard’s sale back then.
“We did everything to try [to sign him] and it was almost there,” said Mourinho.
“I was dreaming of Claude Makelele, Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield.”
Mourinho added: “We were playing in a proper triangle without a number 10 and playing Maka in front of the defenders. Me, Mr Abramovich and [former Chelsea chief executive] Peter Kenyon at that time, we dreamed of that.
“His people were open to him joining a top side like Chelsea. But to me personally he never said he would come. Never.
“He [Gerrard] was always a Red and I think the decision was right.”
Along with Gerrard, Mourinho also explained how he failed to sign his former protege Frank Lampard, during his spell as Inter manager.
“Yes (Gerrrard’s decision to stay at Liverpool was his biggest disappointment in the transfer market), but I have another one when I was trying Lampard to Inter.”
“I was almost there and it didn’t happen too. I had a couple of disappointments and that’s normal in football.”
Gerrard infamously slipped at Anfield last year in a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Chelsea; a defeat which saw Liverpool’s title hopes dented. The error has been a subject of mockery, with Chelsea fans signing the song to dis the Reds’ captain. Mourinho on the contrary hopes the fans no more sing the son, which shows their clear lack of respect.
Talking ahead of his sides’ visit to Anfield in Tuesday’s first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final, the Portuguese said,”The song that my fans have I don’t like at all,”
“A couple of times it is good fun but to go and go and go, especially with a player like him who deserves respect, I don’t think you don’t need that.
“We have so many other songs, you don’t need that one. I love this quote when he was saying in his life he would never score a goal against Liverpool. I love these words.
“I understand why he was – almost, almost, almost – coming to Chelsea. But he didn’t and I respect that a lot.”
It was revealed earlier in the year that the 34-year-old will end his 17-year association at the end of the season with the Merseysiders, and will team up with American side LA Galaxy.
Chelsea currently lead the Premier League, five points clear of 2nd placed Manchester City.
Quotes : BBC