JOSE MOURINHO last night took a sensational swipe at double Player of the Year winner Luis Suarez and insisted: He WOULDN’T get my vote.
By Harry Pratt
Premier League top scorer Suarez, 27, has scooped both the PFA and FWA individual gongs for 2013-14 thanks to his stunning 31-goal haul during the Reds’ brave title challenge.
Many reckon those honours are a just reward for the way the controversial Uruguay ace has become a reformed character in his third season in England.
But the Special One disagrees and questions whether someone of Suarez’s profile deserves such recognition.
The Chelsea boss does accept the Kop hotshot has cut out the appalling racist and biting incidents of previous years.
But when it comes to diving, cheating and getting opponents into trouble with referees, Suarez is as bad as ever, claims Mourinho.
Which is why, if Man City win the league today, he says that their in-form striker Edin Dzeko should be Player of the Year.
Or, were Liverpool to end up top dogs, the honour should go to their skipper Steven Gerrard.
Mourinho said: “The profile of the player that wins Player of the Year is not the one that used to win it in English football. It has changed from ten, eight, six years ago.
“Suarez is a very good player but, for me, the Player of the Year should ALWAYS come from the champions – and be someone who is representative of a champion.
“If City win it, I’d choose Edin Dzeko. Why? Because he was third striker in the beginning but when his team has needed him in the crucial moments, he’s made the difference.
“He has scored 16 goals – and that is spectacular. But he also assists, he’s fair, he doesn’t dive and he doesn’t try to put opponents in the stands.”
Mourinho also denied his dislike for Suarez has anything to do with him sinking his teeth into Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic this time last year.
He added: “He bites but not this season. I’m not speaking about one mistake a man can make and has to be punished over for the rest of his life.
“But if Liverpool win the league, I would go for Gerrard. He’s had a very good season and now plays in such an important position.
“He’s not scoring so many goals because he sits in that one position and doesn’t arrive late.
“But he still has a tremendous cold heart as their penalty taker.”
Mourinho, whose side go to relegated Cardiff today, hinted he would take skipper John Terry to the World Cup and said: “If John is not in Brazil, it’s his problem and their problem. It’s not mine. I am not England manager.”