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Jose Mourinho turned down PSG job to rejoin Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho has admitted he turned down the chance to manage Paris Saint-Germain but went as far as meeting the owners in their native Qatar.

The 52-year old was still managing Real Madrid when billionaire owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi came calling in 2011 with Goal reporting a second approach was made in 2013 shortly before he chose to join Chelsea.

With Chelsea set to take on PSG in the Champions League last 16 tonight, Mourinho says he has no regrets over turning down what would have likely been a handsome wage and a limitless transfer budget.

"I didn’t go because I was at Real Madrid and it was a real ambition for me to be a champion in Spain, England and Italy"

A chance goes by

“I know the PSG project well", he told reporters. "I know it well because when they started this project with the owner, the president and Leonardo, I was to be the coach.

“I met them in Qatar. The project was to start ­dominating in France, then Europe. The domination in France is there, they are champions, champions, champions.

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“They know they are going to be champions. They know other teams will not resist and that they can even lose a few matches.

“But I didn’t go because I was at Real Madrid and it was a real ambition for me to be a champion in Spain, England and Italy. It was not the right moment for me to go".

The Chelsea return

Mourinho opted to return to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013 and is now undertaking what he considers a long-term project. It reaped no reward last season, but now the Blues have an excellent chance of winning their fourth Premier League title.

The Special One has got his eyes set firmly on a Champions League/Premier League double and insists any such achievement would be harder for an English club than anywhere else in Europe.

He said: “Chelsea finished 25 points behind the ­champions and stopped playing for the title around November or December, because a team that is playing in this country to win every game, to try to be champions and to be top of the league and competing top one, top two, minimum top three, is a completely different profile.

“It’s a big achievement for any English club to do that, not just for us. It’s a big achievement to win the Premier League for any club".

Can they do it?

The Premier League title is now Chelsea's to lose. They are seven points clear of Manchester City and look to have the easier run in. However, winning the Champions League will be a different prospect altogether.

While Chelsea are clearly the best team in England, they are still someway behind both Barcelona and Real Madrid with the La Liga clubs looking favourites to win.

Do Chelsea fans think they can complete a famous double this season or is the Champions League out of reach? Tell us your thoughts in the comment box below!

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