Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho with Eden Hazard – he will be aiming to stop the Belgian completing a full set of English football honours at Wembley (Photo credit Reuters).
Ahead of his bid to win a fourth domestic cup as a manager, Jose Mourinho has revealed he is unlikely to link up with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.
His fellow countryman – who will captain the reigning European champions at next month’s World Cup – has been linked with a potential departure from European club champions Real Madrid, with the prospect of a return to Old Trafford a possibility.
However, Mourinho, who leads United out at Wembley against his former Chelsea side – a repeat of the 2007 final when Mourinho’s Blues beat the Red Devils – believes a return to England is unlikely, with MLS a more likely future destination.
“I don’t think Real Madrid can sell him, it is prohibited, “Mourinho told Portuguese newspaper Record.
“He has to stay until the moment they say he can go and play one year in America or anywhere else he wants to enjoy. It’s a closed door.
“Everyone knows his history in Manchester, the passion they have for him, and there are players in the world who, when they become available, you can’t say no.”
United, who have been strongly linked with Juventus’ Alex Sandro in the English press, will hope to have top scorer and another former Stamford Bridge man, Romelu Lukaku, involved in the FA Cup final as the Premier League runners-up look to end their season on a high.
Chelsea, who will be led by Antonio Conte for what many believe will be the final time, have been linked with a move for Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, who worked wonders to push Juve all the way in the Serie A title race this term.
Speculation remains heavy regarding Eden Hazard’s future, although the Belgium midfielder as his own target to meet at Wembley:
“If I win the FA Cup, I’ve won everything here, so for me it’s a big target but we know the final will not be easy. I hope it will be a good match and, at the end of it, I hope the trophy will be waiting for Chelsea.”