Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out making a bid for Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole.
The former Chelsea boss confirmed that he had been hoping to bring the England international to Spain but was put off by the London club’s reluctance to sell.
The 29-year-old was reported to be considering a move away from England after the breakdown of his marriage, but a move to Santiago Bernabeu now appears to be out of the question.
Mourinho told the Sunday Times: “Carlo Ancelotti was very, very clear and that’s the best way in football.
“He killed the story by saying, ‘No money can buy Ashley Cole, Ashley Cole needs to stay’.
“I think Ashley thought about leaving for personal and professional reasons. We thought about him because he’s a good player who I enjoyed working with.
“But when a coach says no, it’s no, and we have to accept that.”
Mourinho was also linked with Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard after leaving Inter for the Primera Liga.
He added: “Steven is part of Liverpool history, he belongs to Liverpool Football Club. And he is so important for them that the price is not a price for a 30-year-old player.
“It was the same when I tried to take Frank Lampard to Inter. It’s not a problem for Inter to pay the millions Frank had in Chelsea or for Real to pay the millions Steven has in Liverpool.
“The problem is for the club to buy a player of 30 years who you cannot then sell.”
Mourinho sees a similar problem with Ricardo Carvalho, a player he coached at both Porto and Chelsea and who has also been linked with a move to Real.
“Ricardo is also a good player, but he is at an age that, if somebody is looking to build a team for the future, he cannot think of him,” he said.
“Ricardo belongs to the current moment. He is a man with a great professional and private life, so he has no problem when it comes to playing at a high level at the age of 32.”