Jose: We do not want Rio
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Mourinho has made it clear he does not want to sign Rio Ferdinand.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made it absolutely clear that he does not want to sign Rio Ferdinand, although he respects the Manchester United star's talents.
The Blues boss has an embarrassment of riches at centre half as he looks to steer his side to a remarkable Treble triumph in his first season in charge.
Chief executive Peter Kenyon, the man photographed having dinner with Ferdinand and agent Pini Zahavi, has also reiterated that there is no truth in the speculation linking the ex-Leeds United stopper with a move to West London.
"Rio is an amazing player," enthused Mourinho. "We cannot hide that.
"But John Terry, in this season, is the best central defender in England. I don't say he's better than Rio, people can have different opinions, but this season, he's the best.
"Ricardo Carvalho was the best in the Champions League last season and he's an amazing player.
"It's a pity William Gallas has to play left back because he's a fantastic central defender. Robert Huth is in the German national team - he's made in Chelsea and a player we want to keep.
"So it's completely impossible that we are interested in a central defender."
Kenyon told Sky Sports News that the matter should be closed as Ferdinand continues his contract negotiations with the Blues official's former club Manchester United.
"I thought we had put it to bed by the statement we made," he said.
"I spoke to David Gill [United's chief executive], whenever it happened and made it quite clear.
"Jose said it today, we've got some great centre halves and, as good as Rio is, we're not in the market for him.
"End of story."