Real Madrid coach, Jose Mourinho, today admitted to Sky Sports News that he would love a return to England and The Premier League, further cementing the belief that his time in the Spanish capital is coming to a close this summer.
The two time Champions League winner, who is closing in on a third success with Los Merengues, has been the subject of many stories throughout this season indicating that his relations with the players and supporters are not what they could be as Real have made a mess of their La Liga title defence.
During the interview, conducted on a cold London street today, Mourinho declared, “One day I have to be back to another English club or Chelsea”.
He further added, “ I have big emotional connections with Chelsea. Chelsea is in my heart”.
Despite his huge success both in Italy with Inter and in Spain with Real Madrid, it is well known that the Portuguese coach enjoyed his time at Stamford Bridge more than any since. It also seems apparent that his relationship with Blues owner, Roman Abramovich, may be repaired. The two fell out over Mourinho’s sacking in 2007.
The Mourinho family situation could also enhance the possibility of a return to his old stamping ground for Jose. They continue to own a house in the British capital, where they visit regularly, and his daughter is about to begin studying in the city.
A return of ‘The Special One’ would be a dream come true for Chelsea and their supporters who, despite their surprise Champions League victory last season, will believe they have underachieved for long periods since Mourinho’s first stint in the manager’s seat. Since then the Russian billionaire owner has utilised a revolving door policy with his coaches. Current interim incumbent, Rafa Benitez, could hardly be less popular with fans holding constant protests against his tenure since his arrival in late 2012.
Finally, after much speculation, Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea fans and the British media look likely to get their wish.