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It's my way or the highway

Jose Mourinho will warn all of his Chelsea squad to do it his way next season or leave Stamford Bridge.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who is very close to Mourinho, often lamented the rise of player power within the modern game and the Portuguese sees no issue with maintaining the image of the club during his second tenure after agreeing a four-year deal to return following his departure from Real Madrid.

"What Sir Alex says in relation to football and management is doctrine, it is the bible, so if he says that (about player power) with so many years of experience, I think he is correct," said the new Chelsea boss.

Mourinho, who won the Champions League for a third time when manager at Inter Milan after leaving England, continued: "There is something I say whenever I go to a new club and I am going to say it again when I meet the players on July 8 – and some of the boys will have heard it before from me.

"It is a sentence I always say on the first day: 'If you are a top professional, if you are not a selfish person, if you put the club in front of yourself and if you are here to work 100 per cent for me, for your fellow players and for the club, then we will have a wonderful relationship.

 

SELFISH

"If you are selfish, if you think about yourself and you don't care about the club, don't care about the image, if you don't care about the fans then we are in big trouble, so it depends on you if the relationship is fantastic or if it is not fantastic.

"Sometimes you have groups that adapt to this in a very easy way; sometimes you have groups that it becomes like a doctrine, and everything is easy.

"Sometimes you have a couple of guys that are not too keen to accept these kind of rules and this is where you have some problematic relationships and the club in that moment either supports the problematic player or the manager.

"If the club supports the manager the two little guys – gone, easy."

Mourinho also revealed how he told Ferguson he had no interest in succeeding him at Manchester United.

There had been suggestions Mourinho was in the frame for the United post when Ferguson stepped down as well as on Manchester City's list of potential replacements for the axed Roberto Mancini.

However, Mourinho maintains there was only ever going to be one destination for him this summer, which he happily shared with Ferguson, who also revealed to the Portuguese his own plans to stand down after one last campaign at the helm long before that news became public knowledge.

He said: "I knew that Ferguson was retiring many months ago and I am so happy with his trust because it was big news for the world – I can imagine that just a very small circle around him knew that and it was a big responsibility for me to know that.

"Why do I know that? Because we are friends, so if I am his friend to know that he is going to retire, he is also my friend to know that the club I want to coach in England is Chelsea. Of course I told him I want to come to Chelsea."

Mourinho added: "I would have turned down every job in the world, the Manchester United job, everyone, for Chelsea I would turn down every job in the world."


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