José Mourinho ‘would coach’ Man Utd, Man City or Chelsea

Portuguese manager reveals desire to return to England amid reports of rift with Real Madrid hierarchy

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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José Mourinho has again underlined his desire to return to the Premier League after revealing he would be happy to coach Manchester rivals City or United, or his old club Chelsea.

The Real Madrid manager is struggling to maintain a positive relationship with the Bernabéu hierarchy with reports claiming he could quit the La Liga club as early as the end of the season.

Suggestions of a rift with the club’s director general Jorge Valdano emerged last week and the 48-year-old coach, who took over at Real Madrid last summer, has now further fuelled speculation over his future in Spain by issuing a come-and-get-me plea to the three top flight clubs.

“I’ve decided to return to England,” Mourinho said. “I have nothing prepared about my future, I just want to be happy in my work. I have no preferences about Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea.

“I’m not saying that the Premier League is the most spectacular in the world but it certainly is the best organisation, fair play and the enormous respect that exists between adversaries.”

Mourinho enjoyed a fruitful three years in England after guiding Chelsea to successive league titles and two League Cup successes before beating Manchester United in the 2007 FA Cup final.

The Portuguese coach left Chelsea by mutual consent in September 2007 following a series of disagreements with Blues owner Roman Abramovich. He then guided Inter Milan to five trophies in two seasons before taking the reigns at Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is certain the Copa del Rey final will be contested between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Madrid took secured a 1-0 advantage in their semi-final first leg against Sevilla on Wednesday while Barcelona thumped Almeria by five goals at Camp Nou.

“In the Copa del Rey final will be the best two teams in the country,” said Ronaldo. “Although I must say this is not going to be about revenge. As for the game against Sevilla, we could have scored more than just one goal, but it’s still a good result.”

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