by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Jose Mourinho says he has been left perplexed by Stuart Pearce’s decision, to leave former England captain David Beckham, out of his Great Britain Olympics team.
The Real Madrid coach believes that the LA Galaxy player should have made the cut, taking into consideration his involvement in the successful bid for the games.
“There is something I don’t understand,” Mourinho said after watching his side defeat Beckham’s LA Galaxy 5-1 in a pre-season friendly.
“I know because I was also inside of that project: if now the Olympic Games are in London, it is because of him. It’s because of Sebastian Coe and other people, but he was the most important face of that project. I don’t understand why he’s not playing. I cannot understand.”
Pearce opted to go with Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, and Micah Richards as the three over-age players in his Olympics squad. But Mourinho feels the former Real Madrid player would have brought something to the table.
“I think in a group of 18 players you have football qualities to give [and] human qualities to give, the Pierre de Coubertin ideal,” he said. “I think he’s one of the best soccer professionals to express what is the ideal of Pierre de Coubertin. I’m so sorry he’s not there.”
“Beckham is always very nice to me. He has always very good words to me. I’m so sorry I could never be his coach, because I would love it. Now it is too late because David is in the last years of his career.”