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Jose Mourinho was wanted by PSG director

Mourinho was Leonardo's favourite. (©GettyImages)
Mourinho was Leonardo's favourite. (©GettyImages).

Jose Mourinho was PSG's number one choice to take over from Carlo Ancelotti this summer, according to former sporting director Leonardo.

Mourinho was tipped to return to Chelsea long before he actually did this summer but the Brazilian has now revealed that his preference for filling the vacancy in the French capital was the former Real Madrid manager.

However, Leonardo admitted the likelihood of the Ligue 1 champions securing Mourinho was always slim, as he claimed Chelsea were already close to finalising a deal to take the fan favourite back to Stamford Bridge early in the summer.

"I wanted Jose Mourinho, but he was already committed to Chelsea," he told Journal du Dimnache.

"Laurent [Blanc] was free and was part of a shortlist, but we had already set the situation with Carlo."

Leonardo left his role at PSG earlier this year after he had a nine-month suspension extended to over a year for pushing a referee, something he continues to dispute in the interview.

Meanwhile, Mourinho's arrival at Chelsea opened the door for Ancelotti to take over at Real Madrid, while Blanc was installed on a one-year deal at Parc des Princes.

Despite Leonardo saying he wanted the Portuguese to take the reins at PSG, it has widely been reported that the club's Qatari owners are keen on hiring Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, though the Gunners boss is reportedly close to agreeing a new two-year extension at Emirates Stadium.

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