Jose Mourinho is determined to remain in the Premier League if Chelsea sack him – and there is nothing in his contract that will stop him joining one of their main rivals, reports the Times.
It is understood Mourinho and his family consider London a second home. His son is currently an apprentice goalkeeper and Fulham while his daughter is studying fashion.
Mourinho has managed to survive Chelsea's worst start to a Premier League season in the Roman Abramovich era but is almost certain to find himself out of the job if they lose their next two games against Dynamo Kiev and Stoke City.
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And having received a one-match stadium ban from the Football Association, he won't even be present in the dugout for what could be his final game in charge. But if he does get dismissed, it won't necessarily be the last Premier League game of his career.
That is because Chelsea officials neglected to put any clause in his contract – signed in August of this year – to stop him joining another English club. Having won the Premier League title just three months previous, sacking Mourinho would have been the last thing on their mind.
Now they face the prospect of having to try and add such a clause to any severance package. Under the terms of his contract, Mourinho would be entitled to one year's salary of £9.5million, but he would have no restrictions regarding future employment.
They could attempt to negotiate some form of restriction with Mourinho, but that would likely add a significant amount, perhaps millions, to the final compensation package.
Where could he go?
As Petr Cech found out, if you want to stay in London, Arsenal is the only other top European club available. Some Arsenal fans may want Arsene Wenger out, but they would surely be happy to hand him a contract for life if Mourinho was the alternative.
Mourinho could only feasibly join one of the two Manchester clubs with Louis van Gaal's future after 2017 still in some doubt. Manuel Pellegrini is also likely to be replaced when a top manager becomes available.