Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has recently revealed he will miss Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard when the England international leaves the Merseysiders at the end of the season to join MLS side La Galaxy, while also admitting he’s tried to sign him with three of his four former clubs, reports Sky Sports.
Mourinho enjoyed his most successful and notable period as a manager with FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. In his first stint at Chelsea – between 2004 & 2007 – he came close to signing Gerrard from Liverpool for a fee reported to be around £32M after having led the Reds to success in the Champions League. But the deal ultimately fell through with an improved contract from Liverpool seeing Gerrard extend his stay for the long-term.
But Mourinho didn’t give in. He tried again when manager of Inter Milan and with Real Madrid to no avail. Gerrard is now 34, and set to leave Liverpool to join La Galaxy of the MLS, but will exit the club having failed to win the Premier League title during his time at Anfield. The Chelsea boss says he will be missed when he does leave Liverpool, and has always be fond of his “dear enemy”.
“I tried to bring him to Chelsea, I tried to bring him to Inter (Milan), I tried to bring him to Real Madrid but he was always a dear enemy. I want to honour him and I hope Stamford Bridge has the same feeling as I have, which is we need people like him as our opponents,” said Mourinho.
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