Jose Mourinho will not be reunited with Chelsea in the final of the Champions League next month, and he will not be reunited with them next season either, after the Real Madrid boss quashed all speculation linking him with a managerial return to west London.
The Guardian reports how the Portuguese tactician has been heavily linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge, as a replacement for compatriot and former student Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked by Roman Abramovich at the start of March.
However, in the aftermath of last night's semi-final defeat to Bayern Munich at Santiago Bernabeu, Mourinho announced his intentions to stay in Madrid next season.
"Absolutely," was his response to questions from the media if the latest loss had made him even more determined to bring European success to Real next year.
"If I have anything in my mind, it is to try to win with these [players]," Mourinho said. "Winning the Copa del Rey last year was important and if we win the league this year that will be important too. Two [Champions League] semi-finals is also not bad but we want more.
"My feeling is that we still have the ability to grow as a team and the club has room to grow too. Clubs have to adapt to the evolution of time and to changing mentalities.
"A fantastic car in the 1980s is not fantastic in the 1990s or the 2000s. If the club thinks that I can still give something – and I know that they do – and if the players think so as well – and I think they do, I feel like the empathy is increasing – then I will continue."
Mourinho heads a list of potential candidates to take the reins at Stamford Bridge, ahead of Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, who is also being considered by Chelsea.
But, after guiding the club to the Champions League final, interim manager Roberto Di Matteo must be under consideration to be handed the job full-time.
With just one defeat in 15 games in charge, the Italian tactician has masterminded a considerable upturn in form. As well as improving the Blues' Premier League standing, the club's fans have another cup final to look forward to after the 5-1 FA Cup semi-final thrashing of Tottenham at Wembley.
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