Jose Mourinho: I’m not risking my legacy at Chelsea with return

Jose Mourinho insists he is not risking tainting his Chelsea legacy by returning to Stamford Bridge

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

Jose Mourinho insists he is not risking tainting his Chelsea legacy by returning to Stamford Bridge.

The 50-year-old Portuguese coach sealed a return to west London back in June after leaving Real Madrid and agreeing a four-year contract with the Blues.

Mourinho led Chelsea to six trophies during his first spell at the club between 2004 and 2007, before going on to coach Inter Milan and Madrid.

But as his side gear up for their Premier League season opener against Hull City this weekend, Mourinho is not concerned about whether his past achievements at the club could be affected by his second reign.

“No I don’t think I’m risking my legacy here,” Mourinho told the Sun. “What you did, you did. No one can delete it, no one can take away my history at Chelsea.

“And I know the Chelsea mentality. They will never forget what I did before. They will never forget that I gave everything to this club.

“I want to be seen as a new manager of Chelsea, I want to be analysed for what I do now. I want to work here and be loved for what I do now.

“My career is very rich. I have won lots of things in different places. Every competition I wanted to win, I did it.

“So I don’t feel that pressure that a manager without a big CV would feel. The only pressure I feel is the pressure of fighting for my own club. Because being the manager of Chelsea means more than being the manager of any other club.

“Not because of what I did, not because of the pressure to succeed again. But because I always want Chelsea to win – even in the last five years with 10 different managers.

“Now I’m here, I can do something I couldn’t do for the last five years – help Chelsea win. That’s the only pressure I feel.”

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