Jose Mourinho has potentially opened old wounds with new FC Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas after suggesting that the Portuguese giants are paying the Spaniard too much.
The Special One’s long-running feud with Casillas has its origins in his term in charge at Real Madrid.
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It was Mourinho who many believe took the first steps towards ensuring the goalkeeper wouldn’t retire as the number one at the Santiago Bernabeu, after replacing him with Diego Lopez.
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Casillas might have won back his jersey during Carlo Ancelotti’s reign, but he was sold this summer following the appointment of Rafael Benitez. He’ll now look to build a new career in Portugal.
And yet he still hasn’t escaped the barbs of Mourinho it would seem, who of course made his name at Porto before switching to Chelsea for his first stint in England back in 2004. According to the Daily Mail, when asked about the increasing sums of money thrown around in football, Mourinho's response included Casillas.
"This season Porto pay 20m euros for Imbula, they give Casillas an amazing salary," Mourinho said.
"Sporting [Lisbon] are paying millions for coaches and players. Football breaks every situation. This season we are saying: 'Oh, look at this amount for Sterling.' But it will be worse next season. Next season someone will pay £60m.
"Football is like this - one season it is Financial Fair Play, the next is a way to dribble [past] the Financial Fair Play."
Is it too much?
When all's said and done it’s hardly the biggest insult Mourinho has ever paid Casillas, either verbally or through his actions, and in truth the fact that Porto are supposedly going to be paying the Spain international €2.5million-a-year is rather strange given the fact that he’s both 34 and out of form.
However, with Casillas pedigree taken into account, and Mourinho himself no stranger to paying players lavish sums of money to fight for his cause, some might argue against the idea that the Chelsea boss has anything to gain by calling out his former player.
Indeed Casillas appears to have had a rough time of it of late. Not only was his acrimonious exit from Real lambasted by many high-profile figures who felt he deserved better, but his reputation has taken something of a distinguished battering over the past two years.
Move good for Casillas?
Whereas once the 34-year-old was ranked comfortably amongst the best goalkeepers in the world there now hovers a question mark above any claims he might have to placing in the pantheon of greats.
It could be that somewhere away from the cauldron of pressure that is Real will be more beneficial for his final years as a footballer, though all he’s ever known in the blazing white of Los Blancos.
Meanwhile Mourinho has no such troubles regarding his goalkeeping options. The young Thibaut Courtois is arguably the best stopper of his generation, whilst Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic makes for a more than suitable backup number.
Chelsea fans, do you think that Mourinho is right to call out other clubs on the money they’ve spent? Is it not hypocritical? Let us know in the comments box below.