Mourinho: No go for Gerrard, Carvalho nor Cole

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Real Madrid coach José Mourinho has ruled out making a summer swoop for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Chelsea pair Ricardo Carvalho and Ashley Cole.

The former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss believes Gerrard’s importance to Liverpool as a stumbling block, whilst also suggesting that, at 30, his value would only have diminished.

"Steven is part of Liverpool history, he belongs to Liverpool Football Club. And he is so important for them that the price is not a price for a 30-year-old player," Mourinho told reporters in Los Angeles.

"It was the same when I tried to take Frank Lampard to Inter. It's not a problem for Inter to pay the millions Frank had in Chelsea or for Real to pay the millions Steven has in Liverpool.

"The problem is for the club to buy a player of 30 years who you cannot then sell."

Mourinho’s apparent preference for younger players was also evident in his assessment of Carvalho, a player he coached at both FC Porto and Chelsea.

He added: "Ricardo is a good player, but he is of that age where if someone is looking to build a team for the future, he cannot think of him.

"Ricardo is a man for the current moment, he is a man with a great professional and private life so he has no problem playing at a high level at the age of 32."

Mourinho also confirmed that he had been keen to bring Cole to Spain but was put off by the Blues' reluctance to do business.

The Portuguese said: "Carlo Ancelotti was very, very clear and that's the best way in football.

"He killed the story by saying, 'No money can buy Ashley Cole, Ashley Cole needs to stay'.

"I think Ashley thought about leaving for personal and professional reasons. We thought about him because he's a good player who I enjoyed working with.

"But when a coach says no, it's no, and we have to accept that."

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