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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Ferguson keen on rival's return

Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho
Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho

Sir Alex Ferguson cannot wait to lock horns with Jose Mourinho again in the Premier League, although the Portuguese says he has still to decide where his future lies.

The Manchester United boss does not claim to have any idea whether speculation linking Mourinho with a return to Chelsea this summer will prove to be accurate, but it is widely thought that Real Madrid's Champions League demise this week will herald Mourinho's exit from the Bernabeu.

And if the charismatic coach does return to the club he led to successive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, it is a competition Ferguson would relish. "Absolutely," said the Scot. "It will get me angry again. I have no idea what Jose is doing but going back is a big attraction for him."

Mourinho strongly hinted after Tuesday's Champions League exit at the hands of Borussia Dortmund that he wants to return to Chelsea by declaring that he is "loved" in England - in contrast to Spain, where he believes people "hate" him.

But, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the game against Real Valladolid, Mourinho claimed nothing was certain yet.

"It's not worth talking about if I go or not," he said. "If I go, I will not give explanations.

"I'm working with total professionalism and I still have the same honour and pleasure to work for this club as I did a month or two ago.

"I have not taken the decision yet. First to know will be my wife and my children. Then the president (Florentino Perez) and director general (Jose Angel Sanchez).

"We will speak about the future after the end of the season. I have a Copa del Rey final and La Liga matches to play."

Mourinho added: "I feel no pressure from the press. It's not a problem for me. The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself. Of the clubs I have left there were no negative words - all just the opposite. When I leave here it is not going to be any different."

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