Monday 20 November 2017

Jose Mourinho insists 'I will not be taking a sabbatical' as he reveals he will remain in England

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he is eager to make a swift return to the game, fuelling speculation that he is eyeing up the top job at Manchester United.

The sacked Chelsea boss has been installed as the hot favourite to replace the under pressure Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, with the close links Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes enjoys with the United hierarchy viewed as a key to a possible deal.

Van Gaal's current contract is due to expire in the summer of 2017, but reports suggest a move that would see Mourinho move to United before that date could transpire in the coming months.

That idea will be fuelled by the reality that Mourinho is now available for hire, with a statement released by his management company confirming he wants to jump straight back into another top job.

"He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn’t tired, he doesn’t need it, he is very positive, and is already looking forward," read the statement.

“Because of his love of football, you will see José at football grounds working and supporting friends. He will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future.

“José will remain living in London and hopes he and his family will be given the opportunity to do this privately.

The statement went on to suggest Mourinho had no regrets after making a return to Chelsea in the summer of 2013.

“Jose Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea football club because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years," it continued.

"He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea, and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club.

Mourinho also confirmed that he was sacked on Thursday, dismissing the suggestion form his former employers that the parting was "by mutual consent."

“During his career, José has sometimes chosen to leave a club, but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave.

“Each time represents for him the end of a cycle, and the opportunity to start a new one. José hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007.

“Jose will not speak about his current situation for the foreseeable future. He asks the media to respect this decision.”

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