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Ronaldinho, Steven Gerrard and 3 other stars Jose Mourinho missed out on signing as Chelsea boss

Jose Mourinho has enjoyed two successful spells at Stamford Bridge, the first of which saw Chelsea secure their first Premier League title.

The self-proclaimed Special One delivered three Premier League titles in total during his two stints in west London, with two in his first spell and one after returning to the Blues in 2013.

Mourinho also won the FA Cup once and the League Cup on three separate occasions as Chelsea boss.

Despite that, the Portuguese didn’t get everything his own way, and there are stories of players he missed out on while in charge at the club.

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Here are five players Chelsea didn’t manage to sign while Mourinho was at Stamford Bridge. 

Dani Alves

The talented defender reinvented the way we look at full-backs in the modern age, and he almost brought those skills to west London. 

Alves had chosen a move to Chelsea over Real Madrid, and it was believed to be all but a done deal. In fact, you can still find reports claiming so. Instead, Barcelona swooped in at the last minute and nabbed Alves to staff their right-hand side. 

As if rubbing salt into the wound, Mourinho then opted to sign Barcelona’s Juliano Belletti, the man Alves was about to replace. The Portuguese left Chelsea in September, while Alves won a lot of trophies at the Nou Camp.

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Roberto Carlos

That wasn’t the only Brazilian full-back that Mourinho desperately wanted, in fact, he tried to sign two in the same summer. 

Resembling something from a FIFA career mode, Mourinho made a play for Roberto Carlos. Quite what the plan was is unclear, whether it would be two left-backs playing together, or a rotation policy to keep both Carlos and Ashley Cole fresh. 

“I spoke to Roman Abramovich about it,” Carlos said. “We had a…

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