Jose Mourinho has revealed he will return to England once his spell in charge of Real Madrid is over – and the Portuguese manager admits he would have no qualms about leading out ‘any’ Premier League club against former employers Chelsea.
Mourinho has enjoyed an up and down time at Madrid since joining the club in 2010, winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey in his first two seasons but clashing regularly with club officials and some of his players.
The former Porto and Inter Milan coach left Chelsea in 2007 under a cloud after winning two Premier League titles following a reported falling out with Blues owner Roman Abramovich, but has always maintained his love for the English game.
"When I speak about it in Spain, they turn my words immediately. But I cannot deny what is clear in my mind - after Real Madrid, England. That's for sure,” he said in an interview with Sky Sports.
"But I keep saying the same - I know clearly that it's where I want to be."
When pushed over where he could be heading once his time in Spain is up, Mourinho replied: "In England - everyone, everyone.”
"I'm Blue - I'm a London Blue - but I am a professional."
Mourinho has been touted as a possible replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United once the Scot finally decides to retire – although whether his plans to step down from the role he has occupied for 26 years syncs up with Mourinho leaving Madrid remains to be seen.
Manchester City, perhaps the only club able to afford Mourinho’s services and satisfy his ambitions could be the most realistic option for the 49-year-old, something that will hardly please his rival and current City boss, Roberto Mancini.
The ‘Special One’ was briefly linked with a move to Tottenham in 2011 as former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp toyed with the idea of becoming England manager, while a move back to Stamford Bridge cannot be ruled out, especially if Roberto di Matteo fails to live up to early season expectations.
Other potential options could be Arsenal or Liverpool, although Arsene Wenger’s 16 year spell with the Gunners shows no sign of ending soon while Brendan Rodgers has just embarked upon what he calls a ‘long-term project’ at Anfield.