Mourinho ready for lengthy Chelsea stay

Jose Mourinho has revealed he isn’t looking ahead to a new position for the first time in his career and is ready to stay at Chelsea for as long as he is wanted by Roman Abramovich, ESPN has reported.

Mourinho told an interview with Portuguese publication Record that in every other job he’s held, he’s had one eye on the future, but that isn’t the case in his second spell at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho was previously Chelsea manager between 2004 and 2007, leaving after a slow start to the 2007-08 campaign.

He manager Inter and Real Madrid in the intervening period, winning a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble with the former and dislodging Barcelona at the top of La Liga with the latter, returning to London this summer.

“There’s no other country, club or investment that motivates me. I will only leave when Mr Abramovich calls me to tell me it is over,” Mourinho said. “Only on that day will I look for other solutions.

“Last time [at Chelsea] it was different because even though I was heart and soul in the project I was leading, I always asked myself ‘which will be the next one?’ Now it’s the first time I don’t think about it,” he continued.

Mourinho did admit, however, that his intention to remain at the club is largely dependent on how the team do under his leadership. “I know football and know I won’t be here five, eight, 10 years if I don’t manage to win. Of course not,” he conceded.

“That’s not my essence as a coach, because I don’t like to live in those comfort zones. It doesn’t fit my personality. The difference is that last time I didn’t have the aim of staying many, many years. Now I’ll stay as long as they want me to. I really am the happy one.”

Under Mourinho, Chelsea have made an unbeaten start to the new Premier League season, topping the table with 16 points from a possible 18, averaging more than three goals a game, with 19 scored and seven conceded.

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