How Jose Mourinho Convinced Lionel Messi to join Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014
Jose Mourinho persuaded Lionel Messi to sign for Chelsea after a ‘ box office ‘ face to face call over Facetimes according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
The legendary Portuguese manager returned to Chelsea in 2013 for a second spell, he won the premier league and league cup before his sack in 2015.
Di Marzio claims the return of Jose Mourinho to stamford bridge almost saw Lionel Messi sign for Chelsea.
The Italian reporter called the Jose Mourinho and Lionel Messi saga as the biggest unknown tale in the transfer market.
According to sky sports Chelsea were ready to activate the Argentine €250 million release clause.
Di Marzio also claimed Chelsea were ready to splash a €50 million salary per season for Messi.
Jose stepped up and worked his charm he spoke to the 33-year old Argentine international on the video call.
According to Di Marzio the special one broke the ice and said ” How you doing, champ?
“They just told me about your wish, well: you don’t know how many sleepless nights I had, trying to find a way to stop you”
However, the former Manchester United and Inter Milan manager’s paid off with his brilliant twist.
“Don’t leave, they’ll build you a statue there, stay in Barcelona, that is the best possible place for a number one like you.