Jose Mourinho is notorious for his media antics, and can regularly be seen playing mind games. His latest ridiculous comments have seen him flip flop with regard to his stance on newest Arsenal signing Petr Cech (via the BBC), showing his hypocritical side in a massive way.
Prior to our acquisition of the 33-year-old, the Portuguese manager was firmly against letting him make the switch to a Premier League rival.
He insisted that he wouldn’t allow the Czech international to move within the English top flight, with Ligue 1 side PSG looking a more likely destination (via Goal).
“If it was me, if it was my decision, the decision is Petr to stay. That’s it. It would be my decision for Petr to stay. Even against his will? Yes,” Mourinho said, as quoted by Goal.
“I think that the club is more important than the player and, as was true this season, the club needs two very good goalkeepers.
“For me, decision number one, Petr will stay. After that, second point, to go but not in England. The option I don’t want is for him to go to an English club.”
He has seemingly done a complete u-turn however, and has praised Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s decision to let Cech move to the Emirates.
“I support the owner’s decision to honour the player in this way,” Mourinho said, as quoted by the Guardian.
“Petr has been a great servant for Chelsea for 11 years and helped this club to win almost everything there is to win. I always said I wanted him to stay but I understand Petr needed to move on to play first-team football every week.
“Sometimes you have to respect the wishes of someone who has earned so much respect with his service and actions for your club. It is very rare in football to make a decision like this and for that reason I am proud of my club for making it. There are not many clubs in the world big enough to be able to make that decision. Petr’s success at this club will always to be remembered and we thank him for everything he did.”
So Mourinho has gone from wanting to keep Cech at Chelsea “against his will”, to being proud that the club have respected “the wishes of someone who has earned so much respect.”
He is a despicable man, and his insincerity and hypocrisy make him seem so much worse. He attempts to manipulate the media to suit his agenda, and unfortunately it works far too well the majority of the time.