Chelsea boss Mourinho desperate to sign McCarthy

The South African scored 18 league goals last season after he joined Rovers from Porto for £1.8million last summer.

Mourinho told The Sun: “Benni had a great first season. He quickly settled into the English game.

“He is the kind of striker every coach wants and I am no exception.

“I’ve worked with him successfully in the past at FC Porto. I do like Benni.

“I saw the possibility of us reuniting at Chelsea but he has a contract.

“I could tell that he wanted to play for me again because we had a wonderful time together.

“But Blackburn said he was not for sale and you have to respect that.”