Jose Mourinho hints at emotional return to Chelsea
The Special One has made up with Abramovich and wants to come back to England
COULD the Special One be heading back to Stamford Bridge? Jose Mourinho has sparked speculation that he could ride to Chelsea's rescue in the summer after declaring that he was intent on a return to English football.
He made his wish clear in an emotional message recorded to help mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association.
"To say congratulations to the English FA is to say congratulations to football," proclaimed Mourinho. "It's to say congratulations to everybody that loves football around the world.
"My memories are great. I loved it from the first to the last day... But I know that one day I will come back because English football means a lot to myself."
With his future at Real Madrid under a cloud and a divorce from the club expected in the summer, many are taking his comments as a statement of intent by the Portuguese.
"The former Chelsea manager has never disguised his wish to manage in the Barclays Premier League again, but his latest comments... sound almost like a lament to English football," said The Times.
The paper says that Chelsea will head the list of potential employers, but adds that both Manchester United and City have been linked to Mourinho.
Madrid's match against United in the Champions League next month has been touted by some as an "audition" for the Old Trafford job, but Alex Ferguson has recently put talk of his retirement on hold. Meanwhile, Manchester City are said to be more interested in Pep Guardiola than Mourinho as a replacement for Roberto Mancini, should he leave.
That leaves Chelsea in pole position, says The Guardian. "The prospect of turning back to Mourinho – who won two Premier League titles in three glittering seasons at the club before leaving in the autumn of 2007 – would have felt unthinkable a few years ago when his relationship with Roman Abramovich was so fractured, now that scenario feels less improbable."
"The two have reconciled since and... he will be under consideration when Chelsea start to address who should be Di Matteo's long-term successor."