Jose Mourinho couldn’t resist a dig at Manchester City when asked if he’d sign Lionel Messi for Tottenham.
Messi stunned Barcelona when telling the Spanish giants last month that he wanted to leave. And with only a handful of teams boasting the financial muscle to sign him, Manchester City emerged as the Argentine’s most likely destination.
But hopes of seeing Messi’s genius in the Premier League were ended. Instead of reuniting with Pep Guardiola, Messi decided to stay.
However, it wasn’t lost on Mourinho that City were circling.
During a promotional video for Top Eleven, Mourinho admitted that Messi would make his final team. But the former Manchester United boss appeared to take a swipe at City when giving the reason why Spurs wouldn’t sign him.
Asked if he’d make a move for Messi, Mourinho told JOE: “For my Top Eleven team? No, not for Tottenham. Just for Top Eleven.
“We respect Financial Fair Play at Tottenham.
“He can only go to a team that doesn’t respect Financial Fair Play, so it’s not Tottenham, for sure.”
City were hit with a two-season European ban at the start of the year due to an alleged breach of FFP regulations.
The Blues appealed and had the punishment lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
He said: “It’s a disgraceful decision because if City are not guilty of it then you are not punished with £10m.
“If you’re not guilty you shouldn’t have a fine. If they are guilty the decision is also a disgrace and you should be banned from the competition.”
Mourinho could move for Sergio Reguilon
Mourinho’s stock seems to have risen in recent times after the release of a new documentary.
Amazon Prime Video’s All or Nothing series has garnered favourable reviews. And the latest batch shows the Portuguese’s exchange with left-back Danny Rose.
Rose ended up signing for Newcastle in a loan deal. And it seems Mourinho wants a long-term replacement.
One name to come up several times is Sergio Reguilon.
The left-back has also been a target for Manchester United but Spurs could now lead the race.