Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has dismissed speculations he was interested in the Man United job before he later joined us.
Prior to the time he re-joined us from Madrid; Jose Mourinho was linked with the Manchester United job by the press. He was said to have declared his intention to succeed the most successful managers in the EPL; but failed as the Man United board was said to have decided on David Moyes instead.
Mourinho, whose team has grown from strength to strength since his return has however, denied such stories, describing it as untrue. In an interview he granted to Sky Sport, the manager revealed a lot of things that went behind the scene prior to his decision to re-join us. He also used the occasion of the interview to express his deep love for the Blues; a team he coached for a couple of years before he left for Inter.
“I think the person who wrote that book shouldn’t write books. He should write books for kids using his imagination.
“I am where I want to be. I want to go nowhere else. I have the job I want to have, I don’t have another job.
“When I left Porto I wanted to come to England because at that time there was no Chelsea, I had no emotional connections with any club.
“When I left Chelsea I wanted only Italy or Spain, not another English club.
“After Real Madrid I wanted England and if possible, Chelsea. It’s the only time I’ve said this country and this specific club.
“If not Chelsea then I’d have been in England at another club, but when the door at my club opened for me, I had the job I wanted to have,” ‘the happy one’ explained.
In what may surprise a lot of people, the manager said he knew about the retirement of United Boss before the news broke out in the press:
“I knew a couple of weeks before the announcement because my friend (Ferguson) was very nice to me and trusted me completely.
“He told me something really important before the press, he didn’t want me to read it in the press. He told me you are one of my best players in football, I want you to know it from me.
“He was so nice to me, he gave me such a big reasonability to keep that.
“From me never, but I was afraid that somebody might leak it and the boss could think it came from me, so I was a little under pressure.
“In the same way he knew from me that I was coming back to Chelsea. It’s just things between friends.
“I wasn’t committed to Chelsea at the time, but I wanted to come and Chelsea had expressed the desire for me to come back.”
Good that this is finally put to bed. I have always known that United fans only had a day dreams which was sold to them by the media hawks. Many of them who thought they were getting Mourinho are simply deluded. We have our Mourinho back; they can make do with David Moyes.