Mourinho: I was always dreaming of returning to ‘special’ Chelsea

Jose Mourinho reveals he had been wishing to return to Chelsea ever since he left in 2007 - and now wants to stay for a long time

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Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year deal with Chelsea Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he had been dreaming of returning to Chelsea ever since he left the club back in 2007 – and now wants to stay at Stamford Bridge for a “long time”.

The Portuguese coach sealed a return to west London on a four-year contract last month following trophy-laden spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid after his departure from the Premier League.

And the 50-year-old is now hoping to stay at the club he led to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006 for the foreseeable future.

“It is the only Premier League club I know so I cannot say and cannot compare with other clubs,” said Mourinho.

“Chelsea is my first, my second, my only club in the Premier League, so I cannot speak about the other clubs. This club has so much to offer.

“I left the club in 2007, I went to two fantastic football countries like Italy and Spain, two fantastic clubs like Inter Milan and Real Madrid and I was always wishing to be back.

“This club is so special that I am back and I hope to stay for a long time. That’s the only thing I can say to every other professional in the world. This is my own experience. I’m back and so happy to be back.”

Mourinho went on to reveal that he has deep feelings of “passion and happiness” for the west London club and could not hide his delight at being back at the helm.

“I think the most important thing in football, for players or for managers, is the passion and the happiness, the feelings you have for a club,” he said.

“We are all professionals at the same time in love with our job. If you can execute your mission, your job, as a player or manager, not just because you are paid for it, or it’s your work, but because you can do it with happiness and passion, with deep feelings, that’s the most important thing.

“In this second part of my career, because I just turned 50, the most important thing for me is a deep feeling with a really special football club. Not many clubs are you not there and people remember you and sing your name, all over the world.

“I don’t think you can have a better feeling. If Chelsea became a special club for me, it’s because Chelsea can be a special club for anybody.”

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