Jose Mourinho has rubbished reports that he is looking to bring Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti to Stamford Bridge this summer, despite the pair having a healthy relationship.
According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Mourinho reiterated a stance he’s taken up before, and affirmed that there were absolutely no plans in the pipeline to see the Argentine veteran make a switch to west London. Zanetti has been a stalwart at Inter since 1995, when he transferred from Banfield, and now at 40-years-of-age there has been some rumours that he finally hang up his boots and head into coaching.
However Mourinho made it clear that there would be no attempt made to convince the ageing full-back to begin his career in the dugout at Chelsea.
“[We’ve] Never talked about it. He is a friend for life but he will not come to Chelsea. Zanetti belongs to Inter,” the Special One said.
Of course that doesn’t rule out the notion of Mourinho and his former player being reunited at some point in the future. The Blues boss has maintained a strong link to Inter since he departed for Real Madrid in 2010, and has in the past stated that he would be open to the idea of returning to the San Siro at some point in the future.