Chelsea manager José Mourinho has made it clear that every player has a price. The Blues manager was talking about the contract wrangle between Liverpool and Raheem Sterling and believes that he would have sold a player if he did not play for the club.
The former Real Madrid boss did back Brendan Rodgers for his stance over the player's future, but admitted that he will handle the situation differently.
Mourinho has been known to be ruthless when it comes to player dealings and he showed it during his time at Inter Milan, as they sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the player expressed desire to move to the La Liga with Barcelona.
The Portuguese manager gave an example of Chelsea star Eden Hazard and maintains that even a player of his quality will be sold if he makes it clear that he does want to play for the team. The manager believes that once the player is contracted to a club, it is the club's prerogative to decide the future of the player.
"I don't like players that don't want to play for me and my club, clearly," Mourinho said, as quoted by the BBC.
"Every player has a price. It doesn't matter which player. If you ask me now, for example, Eden Hazard, we can speak about him because he's signed a new contract."
"Do I want him to leave Chelsea? No. If he wants to leave, if he doesn't want to work with me, if he doesn't want to play for Chelsea, does Eden Hazard have a price? I think he has a price," the Portuguese manager explained.
"I also understand the philosophy of managers and clubs who want to keep the players at any price, who want just to say, 'there is no price to sell – the player stays, whatever'."
"My philosophy is not better than that – it's just different. Either way, when a player has a contract with a club, the club, the manager and the board have the power to decide what to do," Mourinho added.