Mourinho rules out Owen bid

Jose Mourinho has insisted that Chelsea do not want or need to sign Real Madrid’s Michael Owen.

“We play with one striker and two wingers,” said Mourinho in yesterday’s pre-Community Shield press conference. “We’ve made a big investment in Didier Drogba and Crespo — both players I love.

“Carlton Cole is a personal bet that I want to win. Maybe I don’t win in one or two months, but I will win.

“Eidur Gudjohnsen can be what I want — a striker or midfielder. There was no point buying another striker just to have five instead of four.

“Michael Owen wants to leave Real Madrid to play first-team football and that is not going to happen with us.”

That most likely leaves only Newcastle United as pursuers of Owen. Or he can warm Real’s bench for £80,000-a-week. I know which I’d choose!