Barcelona candidate denies talks with Chelsea boss

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has denied holding talks with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho about taking over as manager at the Nou Camp, reports Sky Sports.

Laporta – who spent seven years as Barcelona president up until 2010 – is re-running for election in 2016, and has promised some big name signings.

Reports have linked Jose Mourinho with the managers position at the La Liga giants should Laporta be re-elected, following a meeting between Laporta and super-agent Jorge Mendes, who represents the Chelsea coach as well as Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

But Laporta has moved to pour cold water on the rumours, claiming he is not interested in bringing the former Barcelona coach to the Nou Camp as manager.

Laporta told L’Esportiu: “My style of coaching is with the [Johan] Cruyff philosophy.

“Mourinho is a great professional and I respect him, but I did not mention him with Jorge Mendes, a person with whom I have a good friendship for many years.

“From time to time, we talk about things.”