Jose Mourinho rules out Jamie Vardy swoop as he backs Diego Costa to go on scoring run
By Coral Barry
Jose Mourinho has denied he has any interest in signing Leicester goalmachine Jamie Vardy.
Mourinho refused to be drawn into a question about the prolific striker, whose goal at the weekend was a record-equalling tenth in successive Premier League games.
Vardy will pass Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record if he finds the net in Leicester’s top-of-the-table clash against Manchester United next weekend.
Speaking at his media briefing ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Mourinho said: “I don’t want to analyse the boy because if I do he will get my words and you will put them into a different perspective about wanting to sign him and I don’t want to sign,” he said.
“But a super striker like Ruud van Nistelrooy did something historical in the Premier League and Vardy has the chance to go over it.”
Diego Costa has not been able to match such form in a difficult second campaign at Stamford Bridge but Mourinho is confident his No1 striker will soon be back to his best after scoring the only goal in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday.
“Diego Costa’s goal against Norwich on Saturday will give him confidence after a run of games without scoring,” said the Portugese.
Costa was the Blues’ top scorer last season with 20 Premier League strikes, but has managed just three goals in 13 matches in the competition this season.
Leicester currently sit first with Chelsea languishing in 15th, but Mourinho is not convinced the Foxes will be able to maintain their incredible form.
“I don’t think Ranieri and the Leicester players will be insulted if I say I don’t believe they are going to be champions,” said Mourinho.
“I hope that they feel more my compliments as they are doing amazingly well and deserve all the respect for what they’re doing.”