Jose Mourinho drops huge hint over Chelsea return after Real Madrid loss
Jose Mourinho drops his biggest hint yet that he is set to return to Chelsea next season after Real Madrid's loss to Borussia Dortmund
Jose Mourinho dropped his biggest hint yet that he is set to return to Chelsea this summer in the wake of Real Madrid’s Champions League exit at the hands of Borussia Dortmund.
Asked if his future remains at Madrid beyond the summer following his side’s 4-3 aggregate defeat in the semi-final, Mourinho told ITV1: “Maybe not. I want to be where people want me to be.”
The former Chelsea boss then went into more detail in his post-match news conference at the Bernabeu.
“I know in England I am loved by the fans, the media they treat me in a fair way,” he said.
“I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one.
“In Spain the situation is a bit different because some people hate me. Many of you are in this room. It’s difficult to make a decision because I like the club and we made a fantastic team that is ready to do big things.
“I need to be honest and fair. At the end of the season I will speak.”
Mourinho has been heavily linked with a return to Stamford Bridge in recent months following interim boss Rafael Benítez’s declaration that he is to quit the west London club in the summer.
And the speculation has heightened of late after the 50-year-old was spotted in London last month, although the former Inter Milan boss played down his trip to the capital at the time.
“It must be normal that I’m in London,” he said back on 26 March. “We have a house here, we love it here. Our daughter is coming to study in London so being here has to be seen as a very normal thing for us.
“But every time I come [and] people see me walking around and doing some shopping, people start immediately start making connections to a return.
“I feed it a little bit because I say when I have the chance that I love it here, that I spent a fantastic time here, that I will return one day. So to be fair, I give a little bit of contribution for that speculation.”
The Portuguese coach guided Chelsea to two Premier League titles and an FA Cup triumph during his spell in charge at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007.