Jose Mourinho has reportedly asked Diego Lopez to consider joining him at Chelsea in the summer. Reports in Spanish daily A Bola have claimed today that the Special One wants to re-unite with his former Real Madrid keeper.
The goalkeeper was signed by Mou in the January 2013 transfer window initially as cover for Iker Casillas, who had fractured his hand that month.
A Bola are running the line that the Portuguese has already contacted Diego Lopez over a possible move to Chelsea next June, as Petr Cech and Mark Schwarzer’s respective futures at Stamford Bridge remain uncertain. The Coach is also described as aware of Barcelona’s interest in Thibaut Courtois, so hesitent to plan ahead exclusively with him.
On from maintaining the former Villarreal and Sevilla man as his No 1 for the season, and subsequently seeing the ‘keeper continue to keep Casillas out of the first-team picture under Carlo Ancelotti, Mourinho is believed keen to once more sign the 32-year-old.
Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the Spaniard keeper and even praised him publicly last year. Diego Lopez is believed to have responded positively to Mourinho, but indicated that he would only be willing to consider leaving Real Madrid should he lose his long-term place in the team back to Casillas.
Mourinho Criticizes “Crying” Arsenal
The Special One has accused Arsenal of “overacting”.
During a high tempo match that saw a number of corporeal challenges, the Gunners’ staff and fans made their stance clear over what they professed to be an extra agressive approach from the Blues.
The post match discussion was largely centered on a forceful tackle by John Obi Mikel, which went unpunished, and refereeMike Dean’s decision not to award a penalty when Theo Walcott went down in the box for a lousy foul.
However, the Coach claims that Arsenal have a history of complaining. Jose Mourinho Also said that players from abroad lack the qualities of “English blood in football”.
“They like to cry – that’s tradition. I prefer to say that English people – and I give one example, Frank Lampard – would never provoke a situation like that,” Mourinho told reporters.
Jose Mourinho also had some special words for the chants he received. “I’d agree [with the chants],” he remarked. “I played against them 10 times and I never lost. Ten times, they don’t win once. What do you want to call me?”
“Players from other countries, especially some countries, they have that in their blood. Foreign players are bringing lots of good things but I prefer English blood in football and English blood in these situations is ‘come on, let’s go’.”
Mourinho is now undefeated against Arsenal in 10 meetings. The point in yesterdays match means that Chelsea are back into the top four and Arsenal on joint top position along with Liverpool.