Chelsea still in my heart, says Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has again hinted he would welcome the chance to return to the Premier League with Chelsea when he leaves Real Madrid, ESPN has reported.

Mourinho was in charge at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007, winning the Premier League title twice with the Blues before a fall out with owner Roman Abramovich led to his departure. The Portuguese has since coached Inter to victory in the Champions League and led Madrid to the Spanish title last season, with the club through to the latter stages of the Champions League this year after eliminating Manchester United.

The international break has allowed Mourinho to spend some time in London and with Rafael Benitez, currently Chelsea’s interim manager, likely to move on in the summer, it has been speculated that a Mourinho return to Chelsea is in the offing. The gossip has been fuelled by regular talk that Mourinho is not long for the Madrid job after a year of disappointment in La Liga and disagreements with some of Madrid’s most influential players.

Mourinho said: “I have big emotional connections with Chelsea and one day I think, naturally, I have to be back to English football. To Chelsea or to another club. Of course Chelsea means to me differently what other clubs do. Chelsea is in my heart like Inter is and so one day I have to be back.

Every time I come to London people start making connections to me returning. I fear it a little bit because I say every day when I have the chance that I love it here, that I have spent fantastic times here and I will return here one day.

Mourinho added however that he does not currently see a job for him in England, with Sir Alex Ferguson ensconced at Manchester United, Roberto Mancini in place at Manchester City, and Benitez at Chelsea – and Mourinho wished his old rival Benitez well.

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