Joe Cole left Peter Crouch in stitches with a funny story about Jose Mourinho destroying Ricardo Carvalho in front of his Chelsea teammates.
Speaking on That Peter Crouch Podcast, Cole told a series of amusing anecdotes from his playing career.
The former England international who burst onto the scene as a wonderkid at West Ham before going on to play for the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Aston Villa, revealed that Mourinho was in a league of his own when it came to putting players down.
Joe Cole: Mourinho told Carvalho he’d never play for him again
Cole told the story of the time Carvalho, the classy Portuguese centre-back, was told by Mourinho that he’d never play for him again.
And during the rant, Mourinho told his compatriot that even Mick the kit man would be selected ahead of him in future.
“Jose was the best at putting a player down,” Cole said.
“Ricky Carvalho, obviously a great player, he had a row with Jose about something and after the game he didn’t play and Jose says: ‘You will never play again for me, you will never play! John Terry, number one, [William] Gallas number two, Robert Huth, number three, young kid, number four… and he went, kit man, Mick, I play Mick ahead of you!’
“Mick’s a 50-year-old fella with a big Derby [belly] on him!”
Crouch and the rest of his podcast crew fell about laughing.
“Carvalho!” Crouch said. “He wasn’t bad, was he!”
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The Mick in question would appear to be Mick Roberts, who worked as Chelsea’s kit man during Mourinho’s time at Stamford Bridge.
Carvalho and Mourinho reunited at Real Madrid
Mourinho and Carvalho clearly had a love-hate relationship because the pair went on to reunite at Real Madrid in 2010.
One of Mourinho’s first signings as Madrid boss was the Portugal international, who was a key player during his first season at the Bernabeu.
However, Carvalho endured a difficult second season with Los Blancos, losing his starting berth following a string of injuries.
Mourinho then advised his countryman to move on ahead of the 2012-13 campaign, telling reporters, per Goal: “Ricardo is not part of our plans for the season. It is up to him whether he wants to continue playing football or stay at Real Madrid and meet his contractual obligations and practically end his sporting career.
“A lot of teams are interested in Ricardo. He is a quality player and there is interest in him. There are various teams from different leagues who have shown an interest in him.”
Carvalho opted to stay, despite Mourinho’s warning, and made 16 appearances in all competitions that season.
He then left Real Madrid for AS Monaco in 2013 before ending his career four years later following a brief spell in China with Shanghai SIPG.
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