Mourinho reveals Tottenham approach

Ahead of Sunday’s Capital One Cup final, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he once turned down an approach to manage opponents Tottenham, BBC Sport has reported.

The offer came in September 2007, in the aftermath of Mourinho leaving Chelsea at the end of his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge. His departure took place as a result of a breakdown in the relationship between himself and owner Roman Abramovich.

Tottenham were soon looking for a new manager themselves, as they parted company with Martin Jol after nearly three years at the helm. Daniel Levy then approached Mourinho to take over, but the Portuguese had to refuse the vacancy due to an agreement with Chelsea that he could not manage in England for another two years.

When asked if he would have taken the job had the exit clause with Chelsea not been in place, Mourinho said: “No, because I love Chelsea supporters too much.”

Levy eventually went on to replace Jol with Spaniard Juande Ramos, who guided Tottenham to their last trophy back in 2008, beating Chelsea in the League Cup final. However, he was sacked following a poor start to the following season.

Meanwhile, on his Chelsea future, Mourinho added: “I don’t want to go away. I will stay here in this chair until owner Mr Abramovich tells me ‘Jose, it’s enough’. If one day he tells me ‘Jose it’s enough’ I will go to my house in London and I wait for another English club.

“When I left the first time I had lots of countries to go to and lots of clubs to go to. In this moment when I leave I have another 19 clubs in the Premier League and the clubs in the Championship.”

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