It appears that Chelsea’s manager is trying to avoid what Manchester United is currently battling with in their defence section after the exit of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Rumours are seriously linking the Chelsea manager with Barcelona’s Gerard Pique who is seen to be a probable successor for the ageing John Terry. Pique has been a subject of serious criticisms following his uninspiring performance against Real Madrid in last weekend’s El Clasico.
At the moment, the Stamford Bridge outfit are low on centre-back options. José Mourinho has had to rely on the partnership between Garry Cahill and skipper John Terry for most of the season. Terry isn’t growing any younger and Mourinho cannot expect a continuous display of excellence from the ageing defender and the 27-year-old Pique is listed as a top choice of the London club with a £24m bid said to be in the pipelines.
Chelsea will be facing a serious competition from Manchester United, a club that Gerard Pique featured for between 2004 and 2008 before switching to the Catalan. Louis van Gaal in fact has more defensive problems to solve having missed out on Thomas Vermaleen, Mats Hummels and Mehdi Benatia this summer and will be poised to correct that mistake by January. The Old Trafford boss has been continuously linked with moves to sign either of Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaaror Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross but the Pique deal appears to be much more tempting than the previous two.
However, Gerard Pique has dismissed a probable move to either of the two Premier League giants and has reinstated his dedication to the Nou Camp outfit. While discussing his stay at Manchester, He was quoted to have said:
‘I left a lot of friends there and was really happy there, even if I didn’t play as much as I wanted to. I obviously had Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United, they were never injured, never banned (red card), it was very hard.’ But I have always said I want to retire here and if possible, stay here my entire career. At this moment, I am not thinking about leaving, and I am really happy if it is true that United want me… but I want to stay. I am a Barcelona fan, I have been since I was a kid, and I want to stay. This is the first time here at Barcelona that maybe I am not playing as much as I want to but I am really happy with the way I am playing.’
With Piques statements, Manchester United should better focus on how to probably convince the dynamic Mats Hummels to force a move away from his German employers or better still get Ron Vlaar who will be quite cheap since Aston Villa is expected to relish the opportunity to get some cash from the 29-year-olds deal. On the other hand, José Mourinho will also have to get busy if he really needs a proven defender, but the Portuguese has his inexplicable way of doing things and this time shouldn’t be different.