Jose Mourinho: Chelsea Should Let Ricardo Carvalho Join Inter

The Special One has stoked the fires of transfer speculation with an old friend of his...
Inter have long since been linked with a move for Chelsea's Ricardo Carvalho, largely because the defender is known to be favoured by ex-Blues boss and current Nerazzurri coach Jose Mourinho.

The player himself attempted to dismiss speculation surrounding a future for him away from Stamford Bridge yesterday, stating that he was focused on turning out for Chelsea next season.

But Mourinho, writing in his column in the Sunday Telegraph, has blown this transfer story wide open yet again with a frank appraisal of Carvalho's prospects of playing in Italy.

The Portuguese manager wrote, "One player who would improve us at Inter is Ricardo Carvalho.

"He is not playing at Chelsea now and it looks like Alex is in front of him, so maybe it is better to let him come here and play."

One reason that the 'Special One' is looking to strengthen his back line is in order to be able to compete with Manchester United, who ousted Inter from the Champions League this season.

"We have just won Serie A with Inter but I know United are better than us," he confessed.

"We were very close to beating them, so if we improve we will be close, very close to the teams from The Premier League. But it is very difficult to get players."

Carvalho, 31, served under Mourinho at Porto for two years, ending with the 2004 Champions League victory, before joining his boss in a move to London.

If the two end up being reunited again, Mourinho could face criticism from some quarters for publicly announcing a transfer move for a player under a lengthy contract at another club: this is regarded by some as a form of 'tapping-up'.

On the other hand, public transfer speculation is nothing new, least of all in the build-up to the summer market.

Ewan Macdonald,