It’s fair to assume there’s not many things Jose Mourinho regrets from his managerial career.
The Chelsea boss has won Champions Leagues, titles in multiple countries and is well on his way to delivering more silverware to Stamford Bridge.
Yet, shock horror, The Special One has revealed that failing to sign Steven Gerrard when the ex-England captain was in his pomp is something that still haunts him.
Mourinho, whose Blues side extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 5-0 hammering of Swansea City Saturday, told how both he and Roman Abramovich dreamt of having a midfield trio of Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Claude Makelele, but it was impossible to secure the transfer of the Liverpool talisman. Gerrard is now set to move to LA Galaxy this summer.
When he does he'll leave a sterling legacy behind him, but one that will be without the glory of having won the Premier League title with his boyhood club. Perhaps then he too will regret not having moved to Chelsea when he had the chance, as it would have certainly gifted him a far better opportunity to add the elusive trophy to his cabinet.
Though his loyalty is a trait that will endear him to Liverpool fans the world over for many years to come there will always remain the nagging complaint that his ability wasn't matched with England's most prestigious prize, despite the fact that dozens of lesser players have been able to claim it.
Salah to stay
Elsewhere the future of Mohamed Salah has taken a surprising twist, with Mourinho having claimed that the Egyptian winger isn’t likely to be leaving on loan this month. The 22-year-old has been heavily tipped to seek pastures new in a bid for game-time, but his manager played down speculation.
That could mean that Salah will instead move in the summer, as it appears there's no chance of him forcing the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian from Mourinho's starting XI.
- The Blues have agreed a deal to sign Serbian midfield youngster Danilo Pantic, according to a report in the Daily Star. The player's current contract is set to expire in the summer, and so Chelsea have taken advantage and landed him on the cheap.