Jose Mourinho has spoken for the first time since it was reported that he will take over at Manchester United in the summer - and insists he will be more humble when he returns to football.
The Special One has been out of football for six weeks having been sacked by Chelsea after a woeful start to the season, and says he is desperate to get back into the game.
He will reportedly take over from Louis van Gaal in the summer, with the Dutchman set to step down a year before his contract expires after a disappointing campaign. The Red Devils are currently in fifth place, five points behind Arsenal ahead of their showdown against Chelsea this afternoon.
Mourinho, who was spotted in Germany yesterday, has remained tight-lipped since he left Chelsea, but has given his first interview - and insists he's still learning despite being one of the most successful managers in the game. He also promised he would be back on the touchline 'soon'.
‘I have always to learn. Even in football, which is an area in which I feel I am an expert, I am never perfect and I will always learn,’ he said in an interview while working with Jaguar’s new SUV.
‘Sometimes in my work, and also in private life, maybe people think I am not humble. But I am so humble, and I am always ready to learn from people who know more than me. No, I am not enjoying it [not working]. I can have my family, I can have my friends, I can have my quiet life, which I also like, and I can have my football. I can have everything together and I don’t need to give up on one of them.
Mourinho guided Chelsea to the Premier League title last term, but was axed by the Blues and replaced by Guus Hiddink on a temporary basis. Pep Guardiola has already been confirmed as Manchester City's new boss, while Chelsea have been linked with Diego Simeone - meaning it could be all change at the top clubs if Mourinho takes over at Manchester United.
‘To be fully happy I need everything, so I go back to football. I think it’s my natural habitat. I have worked since I can remember, and as a manager since 2000. I stopped when I left Chelsea in 2007, for a few months, and now is the second time I stop in 15 or 16 years, so it is not a drama. But for sure, I will be back soon.’