The Blues last month announced a record profit of £18.4 million and appear well on course to comply with FFP, but the Argentine's £205m release clause remains out of reach
Jose Mourinho admits he has "no chance" of signing Lionel Messi for Chelsea because of Uefa's Financial Fair Play restrictions.
Blues last month announced a record £18.4 million profit for the year
ending June 2014, driven by increased revenues and shrewd player
trading, and appear well on course to comply with FFP.
Mourinho insists the break-even regulations mean there is no way of
bringing four-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi, who has a £205m release
clause in his Barcelona contract, to Stamford Bridge in the near future.
"No I have no chance of that," the Portuguese said in a BT Sport special to be broadcast on Christmas Day.
"Because at this moment there is financial fair play and with the
financial fair play we have to follow certain rules, certain numbers and
we obviously have no conditions to buy, as you say a ‘super amazing
player’ paid with ‘super amazing numbers’. At Chelsea at this moment we
cannot do [it]."
Back in November Messi hinted for the first time
that he might one day have to leave Barcelona, while Cesc Fabregas this
week admitted he would love to play alongside the Argentine superstar