Jose Mourinho has revealed details of how he twice turned down the opportunity to take the managerial reigns at Paris Saint-Germain, the second of those rejections apparently due to his commitment to Chelsea.
Portuguese boss Mourinho is currently enjoying a second stint in charge at Stamford Bridge and looks likely to guide the Blues to their first Premier League title since 2010 this season after assembling a formidably strong squad in West London that can already boast a five-point advantage over reigning champions Manchester City in the title race.
While Chelsea fans - who evidently hold Mourinho in extremely high-regard following his previous spell at the club - were delighted to see the self-proclaimed 'Special One' return to the Premier League last summer, it appears that things could have turned out very differently indeed had PSG got their way.
"I knew about the project (at PSG) even before it began. I was Leonardo’s first choice (ahead of Ancelotti)," Mourinho told French football programme Telefoot in an interview that was brought to our attention by the Daily Express.
"And when Carlo left (in 2013), they made me another offer. I have rejected them twice. "I thought a lot about it. But the first time, there was Real Madrid and the second time there was Chelsea."
PSG did suitably replace Ancelotti, of course, with former Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc taking over at the Parc des Princes and delivering the Ligue 1 title to the French capital once again last term after further significant investment from the club's wealthy owners.
Mourinho in his element
As for Mourinho, his career has obviously not suffered as a result of resisting the opportunity to move to Paris. While his eventful period at Real Madrid ended on somewhat of a sour note, the 51-year-old - who many expected to be offered the opportunity to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United following the Scot's retirement in 2013 - is back in his element at Chelsea and seems to be relishing the challenge in front of him.
With an unbeaten Premier League record still intact, Mourinho's side return to domestic action following the current international break on Saturday with a short trip to Selhurst Park to face Neil Warnock's Crystal Palace.
The Blues will hope to have star playmaker Eden Hazard fit for that fixture after he was ruled out of Belgium's Euro 2016 qualifying tie against minnows Andorra on Friday with a bruised toe.
Compatriot Thibaut Courtois will almost certainly be available for selection by Mourinho after coming through that aforementioned tie just a matter of days after suffering a head injury during Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Arsenal.
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