Wednesday 17 January 2018

Mourinho stresses Blues commitment

Chelsea have stayed top for a record-breaking stretch this season
Chelsea have stayed top for a record-breaking stretch this season

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to create a dynasty at Stamford Bridge, but says it is unlikely to be his last job in club management.

The old adage about never going back has seemingly been disproved by Mourinho, with the Portuguese last weekend leading the Blues to a first Premier League title in five years.

The league crown complemented March's Capital One Cup triumph and looks to be just the start of a period of dominance in west London.

After fleeting, successful spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Mourinho is ready to put down roots and is committed to Roman Abramovich's Chelsea for the long term.

"That's what I want. That's what I want," he said. "I didn't say it at Inter because I didn't want. I didn't stay at Real because I didn't want.

"I want to stay here. I want to stay here. That is why I say I am in Mr Abamovich's hands... he has no pressure.

"He doesn't need to give me a contract tomorrow. He doesn't need to give me more money.

"He doesn't need to be worried that some club is knocking on my door. He doesn't have to be worried with anything. It's just him.

"When he wants me, I am staying. When he doesn't want me, I am going. So simple for him, so simple for me."

Mourinho still has two years left on his current deal and many expect that to be extended sooner or later.

Certainly few could ever see the Portuguese managing another English side, although he admits there is likely to be another club job after finishing up with Chelsea.

"No, it is impossible in football," he said, when asked if this would be his last club. "Impossible. Modern football, impossible.

"I think (Arsene Wenger, who has been at Arsenal since 1996, will be the last to be manager of same club for that period of time). I think so.

"I think it is very, very impossible. I think it's very, very difficult for that to happen."

Whatever happens down the line, Mourinho will forever by synonymous with Chelsea - much like Steven Gerrard at Sunday's opponents Liverpool.

The Blues manager is looking forward to facing his "dear enemy" for one last time before the midfielder starts a new chapter in Major League Soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Mourinho will be looking to ruin the latest stop on his farewell tour, though, and again frustrate Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

The Northern Irishman has come under pressure of late and last week a group of fans flew a plane over Anfield reading 'Rodgers out, Rafa in'.

"Some guy is spending money on the plane," Mourinho said, laughing at the stunt.

"If one plane comes to Stamford Bridges saying 'Jose Out' I send a drone!

"I think the pressure is the same for everyone, except for the ones that are playing in the mid-table," he continued.

"But the ones fighting for clear objectives - being champions or finish fourth or not relegation - for these people, the last couple of months are very hard.

"That doesn't justify our bad reactions, but the pressure is there for everyone."

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