Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has quashed the suggestion that he had wanted to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager prior to David Moyes taking on the role.
Mourinho and the Blues currently reside at the summit of the table, a point above second place Liverpool and three above third placed Manchester City, who boast two games in hand. United, contrastingly, lie in seventh with serious questions over both the future of their manager and European participation next season yet to be answered.
And despite the club’s superpower position the Portuguese manager has reportedly told SunSport that he never even considered taking on the job.
"I spoke with Sir Alex when my Real Madrid team knocked United out of the Champions League last season and I told him what I wanted to do - that Chelsea is what I wanted. That was the direction I wanted to go.
"Everyone knew Benitez was not going to stay, everyone knew my relationship with the club and it was an opportunity I didn't want to lose.
"So I don't know if Sir Alex thought of me for United or not - that's not the point. The point is he knew clearly that I wanted to go to Chelsea."
Mourinho, a two time Champions League winner with Porto and Inter Milan in 2004 and 2010, is not expected to be amongst the frontrunners for the job if Moyes leaves as expected. Instead, the Glazier family may take a gamble in Ryan Giggs, or approach more established candidates such as Jurgen Klopp and Louis Van Gaal.
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