Chelsea my first choice, insists Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has dismissed speculation he missed out on the managerial vacancies at Manchester United and Manchester City by insisting he only wanted to return to Chelsea after leaving Real Madrid, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Mourinho added that he has been thinking about a move back to Stamford Bridge for seven or eight months. “I am where I want to be,” the 50-year-old said.

You can offer me, now, every job in the football world, put them on this table – and I would choose MY job. I have the job I want to have. I am where I want to be. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

For seven or eight months, I wanted to go where I really like it very, very much. And I was in a position to say which one was the league, the club, the mentality I prefer.

Mourinho added that his past history with Chelsea does not make life easier ahead of his second spell in charge – the opposite, in fact, as expectations have risen among the club’s supporters. In his first Chelsea stay, between 2004 and 2007, Mourinho took the Blues to the top of the Premier League on two occasions.

Now it’s up to me to show I deserve to be here for a long time,” Mourinho said. “I have a contract for four years. I hope to go to the last day of that contract. If the club then wants me to stay, I’ll be more than happy.

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