Mourinho misses out on Benni

NOT FOR SALE: Benni McCarthy. 19/06/07. Sowetan.

Bennoi Carthy at the Nelson Mandelainauguration Challenge soccer match at Ellis Park, where the Bafana Bafana took on France. 
Pic: Raymond Preston. 7/10/2000. 
© ST.
NOT FOR SALE: Benni McCarthy. 19/06/07. Sowetan. Bennoi Carthy at the Nelson Mandelainauguration Challenge soccer match at Ellis Park, where the Bafana Bafana took on France. Pic: Raymond Preston. 7/10/2000. © ST.

DURHAM - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he has been unsuccessful in a bid to sign Blackburn forward Benni McCarthy, according to reports yesterday.

DURHAM - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he has been unsuccessful in a bid to sign Blackburn forward Benni McCarthy, according to reports yesterday.

The South African, who played for Mourinho at Porto, scored 18 league goals in his first season in the Premiership, following a £1,8 million (about R25 million) move.

"Benni had a great first season," Mourinho told The Sun. "He quickly settled into the English game.

"He is the kind of striker every coach wants and I am no exception.

"I've worked with him successfully in the past at FC Porto. I do like Benni.

"I saw the possibility of us reuniting at Chelsea but he has a contract. I could tell that he wanted to play for me again because we had a wonderful time together.

"But Blackburn said he was not for sale and you have to respect that." - Sapa-DAP

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