Mourinho faces Pepe snub
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Mourinho hinted he is at loggerheads with Roman Abramovich over Pepe.
Jose Mourinho has hinted he is at loggerheads with owner Roman Abramovich over a proposed move for Porto defender Pepe.
Mourinho watched the 24-year-old Brazilian produce another fine display for Porto in the Portuguese champions' 1-1 draw at Benfica on Sunday.
The Chelsea boss has never hidden his admiration of the player but doubts he will be given the funds to push ahead with a deal.
With The Blues being able to call on the notable influences of John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho already in central defence, Mourinho admits Abramovich may view other areas of the squad as priorities for strengthening.
"Pepe impressed me a lot and was very good. Besides, I've been passionate about Pepe for a long time," Mourinho told TVI in Portugal.
"But I don't think that Chelsea want Pepe, because they don't have the money for him and they've already got the best two central defenders in the world with Terry and Carvalho."
Despite doubts over prospective newcomers, Mourinho believes his current crop are ready to find a new gear ahead of a UEFA Champions League quarter-final date with Valencia.
"I always feel we have something hidden inside of us, something hidden, that we can give. It is that extra bit. We now have a great opportunity to go through to the semi-finals for the second time in three years," he added.