Jose Mourinho says he didn’t sign Papy Djilobodji, Real Madrid have placed a one billion euro release clause in the contract of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, and Charlie Austin was never a United target…
PAPY WASN’T MY SIGNING, SAYS MOURINHO
Jose Mourinho has suggested he did not watch Papy Djilobodji before he sanctioned his £2.7m move to Chelsea on deadline-day last month.
The Chelsea boss has revealed the scout who recommended Kurt Zouma to him was the man who identified former Nantes defender Djilobodji as a potential signing.
“It was not my choice. It was the choice of someone I trust completely, which is the same. I don’t know every player,” said Mourinho.
“My job doesn’t allow me to travel and spend hours watching players. In some moments of the market, under certain circumstances, there are moments when you have to trust or not the people you work with.
“In my case, I trust because the same person who told me Djilobodji can be a good squad player was the same person who told me [Kurt] Zouma can be a fantastic player for us. Obviously I trust him.”
Despite having “trust” in the said individual, Djilobodji was omitted from Mourinho’s Champions League squad.
RONALDO’S NOT REALLY FOR SALE
Real Madrid have placed a one billion euro release clause in the contract of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Paris Saint-Germain were quoted £728m for the Portugal star in the summer transfer window, but Real president Florentino Perez admitted that even if the buyout clause was met he would be reluctant to sell the 30-year-old – so basically Ronny’s not for sale.
Perez told radio station Cadena COPE: “If PSG want Cristiano Ronaldo it’s simple, they have to pay the €1billion release clause. No one is a prophet in football, but we don’t want to sell him in 2016, he still has three years left on his contract.”
AUSTIN’S UNITED LINK WAS A NON-STARTER
When Charlie Austin was linked with Manchester United last month there were a few eyebrows raised, not least at F365, and that now appears to be the correct reaction because the striker has denied he was ever a target for Louis van Gaal.
While Van Gaal has plumped for Monaco rookie Anthony Martial for £36m up front, Austin was going for £15m, still the move was a total non-starter, according to Austin.
Austin told talkSPORT: “No. That was never on the cards. Not from what I’m aware of.”
Just how Austin remains at QPR is one of the transfer window’s biggest mysteries. The 26-year-old has scored four times already this term, and that’s on the back of an 18-goal season in the Premier League with a relegated side. If he was from a Ligue 1 club he would have gone to United for err, £36m?
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