Mourinho hints at Premier League return

By Online Editorial
Photo: Tsutomu Takasu

Photo: Tsutomu Takasu

Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that he will one day return to manage a club in England.

The former Chelsea boss won back-to-back Premier League titles with Chelsea, but he has revealed that he knew that his role at Stamford Bridge was not a long term affair.

Mourinho, 46, has continually been singled out as a possible replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when the Scot retires.

In an interview with The Times, Mourinho said he ready for the “next phase” of his career, and wants to work with a “different perspective.”

Since taking over at the San Siro, Mourinho has led Inter to a Serie A title and the Supercoppa Italiana.

“I am ready for the next phase of my career,” he told The Times. “I want to work with a different perspective.

“At Porto, my objective was to win to earn the right to go abroad. At Chelsea, my ambition was to create a bit of history. But I always knew Chelsea lacked the normal English culture of stability.

“I was never under any illusions. I understood the personality of Roman and the culture of the people around him and knew it was not a job for ten years. My role was to give this man what he wanted – victory – knowing that, sooner or later, my time would finish, because there were too many things going on around me.

“In Italy, I was coming to the motherland of tactics, the country of catenaccio and defensive football. The objective was to win not only in a third different league but a place where they say foreign coaches have had little success. But the time will come for stability.

“I love Inter and would love to build for the future here. In fact, I am doing it now, because I am not a selfish coach and I’m thinking about the future in terms of youth development and the age structure of my first team – but Italy is not the country for this. England is the country. And my football is English football.”

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