Former Chelsea defender Paulo Ferreira wants current manager Jose Mourinho to be at the club for a "long, long time", but admits he doesn't know how long the Portuguese coach will stay because "anything can happen" in football.
The 36-year-old's comments came after Mourinho took the Blues ten points clear at the top of the Premier League table following their 1-0 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Ferreira followed Mourinho to Chelsea from FC Porto in 2004 before spending nine successful years in west London. And he believes that everyone associated with the club wants to see The Special One succeed.
“When you are at this club you want to win titles and for next season it will be the same. The motivation is to win trophies," Ferreira told Press Association Sport.
“He wants to succeed and do well, for how long I do not know. I think everyone at the club wants him to stay for a long, long time.
“I think everyone would like to see him in control for many years but in football, anything can happen.”
Former defender Ferreira has been busy representing Chelsea as their European youth league ambassador, but is also taking his coaching badges and has not ruled out becoming involved in Chelsea coaching set-up.
He added: “I’ve just finished my (Uefa) B licence so I need two more years to finish, I hope."
“At the moment I’m just concentrating on finishing and then let’s see what happens. It’s just important to have it and then, who knows?”
Early title victory
Meanwhile Chelsea need only nine points from their remaining six games to guarantee a first Premier League title in five years.
However, they could be celebrating a title win as early as April 29 if they secure wins at Arsenal and then against Leicester City.
Despite the chance of an early title win, they will go into the game against Arsenal with no recognised striker after Didier Drogba pulled out of the game with an ankle injury.
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