“When Barça wanted to sign me, Mourinho and Pinto da Costa ran away from me”

first_imgIn 2004, Porto won the Champions League just as Mourinho warned. The coach closed his stage there and wanted to reinforce his first project at Chelsea with the base of the European champion. Deco was among them but the president kept his promise and the Brazilian chose Barcelona. “When Mourinho went to Chelsea in 2004, he wanted to take me. Chelsea offered between 30 and 35 million and Barça only 21. I told Jorge Mendes that for what Barcelona Pinto da Costa paid, he would not let me go. I spoke to the president and told him that I knew there was Barcelona’s offer and also what Chelsea was offering. “You are going where you want. I promised and I will keep it,” he told me. That story marked me a lot because it says a lot about the person, “explained the midfielder. Years later, Deco did end up at Chelsea although it was after triumphing in both Porto and Barcelona. In London he did not coincide with Jose Mourinho but continued to expand his record, in which he already had two European Cups (2004 and 2006). After Chelsea, he moved to Fluminense, where he hung up his boots in 2013. In July 2004, Barcelona signed Deco, one of the key players in the Blaugrana club’s successful journey in the first decade of the 2000s. The Portuguese arrived as a consecrated star in the European champion Porto but Barcelona was already interested a year before he conquered the Champions, as revealed Now Deco himself in an interview with Ricardo Rocha, formerly of Real Madrid.It was the summer of 2003 and Deco, UEFA champion with Porto, was already interested in Barcelona but Mourinho knew that he needed him to win the Champions League. Between Setúbal’s and President Pinto da Costa they ‘dizzy’ the player to stay. “In 2003, Barcelona wanted to hire me. President Pinto da Costa was running away from me and Mourinho, too. I remember that Mourinho told me that he would let me out but that he had to speak to the president. So, he would speak to the president and he would tell me I had to talk to Mourinho, who had told him that we were going to be European champions. I started laughing and told the president that winning UEFA was fine but that the Champions were not going to win it. Pinto da Costa assured me that Mourinho had told him that we had options to win and promised me that the following year I could go wherever I wanted. For a month and a half I was nervous and playing poorly but I recovered my level and the following year Barcelona returned to be interested in me, like other clubs, “Deco confessed.last_img

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