Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed the the club is unlikely to make a move for Lionel Messi because of the regulations set by the Financial Fair Play committee, Daily Mail reports.
The Blues were linked with a sensational £200million swoop for the 27-year-old Barcelona star in recent weeks but the immense financial strain it would put on the club is just too great.
When asked about the potential move to sign Messi, Mourinho said: “No, I have no chance of that.
“Because at this moment there is financial fair play and with the financial fair play we have to follow certain rules, certain numbers and we obviously have no conditions to buy, as you say a ‘super amazing player’ paid with ‘super amazing numbers’ that Chelsea at this moment we cannot do.”
Cesc Fabregas also admitted that he would love to see his former teamamte make the switch to Stamford Bridge, but with the chances of that happening being ruled out, he added that the Argentinian superstar should retire at Barca.
“I wish! Why not? I’d love that to happen. I’d be all for it.
“As a Barca man, I believe that Messi deserves to retire there for all that he has given the club.
“He is a legend that has changed Barca’s history. But, as his team-mate and friend, without doubt I’d love to have Leo by my side.”