While other Premier League managers pen letters of apology to their fans, Chelsea’s boss has been busy reeling out lines of well-aimed rhetoric all over the continent, as he attempts to hook some big fish to fill his Stamford Bridge pond next season.
Following up his public overtures about former charge Raphael Varane, clearly aimed at trying to lure the out-of-favour Real Madrid centre-back to Chelsea in the summer, Mourinho has been at it again regarding Mario Balotelli.
“Balotelli is with a big club at the moment but you never know the future,” said Mourinho.
“They want to keep the best players and want to keep the best Italian players. But Mario has already been in English football before.
“I’m not going to be manager of Milan or the Italy national team, but he’s a good kid and somebody I’d like to work with again.”
Despite being in pole position to win the Premier League, having forged a 4-point gap at the summit, the 1/1 favourite’s search for a new striker is no secret.
Having been linked to all manner of high-profile and often implausible names such as Radamel Falcao since Mourinho took charge, a move for Balotelli first gained credence when the former Inter Milan and Manchester City striker spoke out about the Portuguese himself.
“Of course I would like to play under Jose again,” Balotelli said earlier in the year.
Although the pair had a few issues when Mourinho took charge of Inter, the Italy striker explained that they had since gone on to form a ‘real friendship.’
Despite Balotelli enjoying another fruitful season in front of goal for AC Milan, the club are marooned in mid table and a move back to England is sure to appeal greatly.
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