Thierry Henry: Jose Mourinho returning to Chelsea would upset me

Thierry Henry admits Jose Mourinho's expected return to Chelsea can only be bad news for the Blues' Premier League rivals

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Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with a return to Chelsea Photo: Soccer.ru/Wikimedia

Thierry Henry admits Jose Mourinho’s expected return to Chelsea can only be seen as bad news for the Blues’ Premier League rivals.

Mourinho, who led the west London side to six trophies between 2004 and 2007, is widely tipped to take over at Stamford Bridge next month after it was confirmed he is to leave Real Madrid following three years in charge at the Bernabeu.

And Henry, who watched Mourinho guide Chelsea to back-to-back Premier League titles during his time at Arsenal, has no doubt that the Portuguese coach would be a big hit once again should he return to west London.

“If he’s coming back, as an Arsenal fan I can only be upset,” Henry, 35, told Sky Sports. “He’s a great boss, a great guy.

“He changed the Chelsea mentality. He made people believe that Chelsea could win. He made the fans believe that they could win.

“I have a lot of respect for Jose Mourinho. I don’t care what people say about him, he’s a great coach.”

Arsenal’s all-time record goal-scorer Henry also admits that he finds it “very difficult” to imagine the Gunners without current boss Arsene Wenger.

“It’s very difficult to see Arsenal playing, one day, without Arsene on the bench. For me, it’s going to be weird,” said Henry.

“I’d just love to have him there all the time, but we all know that’s not going to happen. One day he’s going to have to go, but it’s going to be hard. He’s not thinking of leaving.”

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