Jose Mourinho has confirmed his desire to sign a new long-term contract with Chelsea.
The Special One returned to Stamford Bridge last summer to take up the reigns for the second time, but failed to deliver any silverware. The Blues finished third in the Premier League and crashed out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage at the hands of Atletico Madrid.
However things are looking up this season and Chelsea currently sit at the top of the Premier League table having yet to taste defeat. Mourinho's first spell in west London ended abruptly in 2007 amidst rumours of a falling out with owner Roman Abramovich - but the Portuguese boss says he is committed to building a dynasty over the coming years.
During an interview with the Telegraph by former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, Mourinho was asked if he'd sign a new six-year deal. "I [would] sign tomorrow. That’s what I want,” he responded.
“I want to stay in Chelsea and English football because I think I won the right. My wife says many times I won the right to stop when I want. She says I won enough, I did enough, I created a good situation for the family. She says I won the right to do what I want. Unfortunately Chelsea’s not my club. I depend on the club and I depend on the results.”
Although trophy-less from last season, Mourinho's Chelsea side had a major say in the title race. They ended Liverpool's 11-game winning run with a stunning 2-0 victory at Anfield that all but ended the Reds' title hopes, leaving the door open for Manchester City to claim their second crown in three years.
Mourinho admitted he was angered going into that game by Liverpool's refusal to switch the fixture from Sunday to Saturday in order to give Chelsea more time to prepare for their showdown with Atletico Madrid the following Wednesday.
“I think if we play the day before we don’t play with the same spirit we did on the Sunday.” - Jose Mourinho
“I knew the process that hangs with the fact that we didn’t play the day before,” he said.
“Because we wanted to play the day before – the Saturday, because we played the Champions League semi-final on the Wednesday. And I know exactly step by step. Because we went deep on it. We couldn’t accept it. The title was lost for us, and we didn’t understand how an English team that is representing England in the semi-final [didn’t] have the right to play on the Saturday.
“We went deep. It was a Sky decision? We went to Sky. When people were saying it’s a Premier League decision we went to the Premier League. When people were saying it was a Liverpool issue we went also to smell the situation. And the people who were involved in that decision – they were wrong.
“I think if we play the day before we don’t play with the same spirit we did on the Sunday.”
Chelsea will get their Premier League campaign back up and running after the international break with a trip to take on Crystal Palace as they look to maintain the gap from their rivals at the top of the table.
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