Chelsea: Mourinho reveals the secret of beating Manchester United and Tottenham to players
When Pedro picked Chelsea over Manchester United he underlined a point: the Blues always get their man. Manchester United wanted Fàbregas; Tottenham wanted Willian; Manchester City wanted Eden Hazard. Chelsea signed them.
Talking about nipping in for Pedro, Jose Mourino recalls the phone call that made the Barcelona winger head to Stamford Bridge.
“It was one minute. “I asked if it was true he wanted to leave. ‘Yes, it’s true. It is my home, but it is time for me to leave.’ ‘Did you already sign for another club?’ ‘Almost, but not yet’. ‘Do you want to come here?’ ‘Yes, I want.’ For me, it was one minute.”
How do Chelsea do it?
“You would have to ask the players: is the blue nice, or Mr Abramovich, or the way Marina deals with them, or that [technical director Michael] Emenalo persuades them about what Chelsea is? Is it the other players? Is it the beautiful weather?”
Cynically, you could say it’s the money. But Manchester United have plenty of that and seem unable to beat Chelsea to a player. It most likely comes down to wanting to play for the winners and Mourinho…