Real give up on Ashley Cole signing


Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho has called time on his club's hopes of being able to sign Chelsea's England left-back Ashley Cole.

The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu for some time, but former Blues boss Mourinho has admitted that there is no chance of Cole moving to Spain.

He told the Sunday Times:"Carlo Ancelotti was very, very clear and that's the best way in football.

"He killed the story by saying 'no money can buy Ashley Cole, Ashley Cole needs to stay'.

"I think Ashley thought about leaving for personal and professional reasons. We thought about him because he's a good player who I enjoyed working with.

"But when a coach says no, it's no and we have to accept that."

Meanwhile, Mourinho has also explained the reasons behind not trying to pursue the signing of Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard.

The Portuguese added:"Steven is part of Liverpool history, he belongs to Liverpool Football Club.

"He is so important for them that the price is not a price for a 30-year-old player."

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