Jose plots England return

Jose Mourinho says he will return to England when he leaves Real Madrid - but reckons he will not get the chance to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Last Updated: 13/02/13 at 19:33 Post Comment

Mourinho, whose side face United in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League last-16 first leg, is tipped to leave the Bernabeu in the summer after a dismal Spanish title defence and amid reports he has fallen out with several key players.

The former Chelsea boss refused to clarify whether or not he would be at Real next season but confirmed his desire to be back in the Premier League.

He told reporters: "I will go back to England after Real Madrid. We will see (when that is).

"I love everything (about England). England will be my next step."

Mourinho has been linked with Manchester City and former club Chelsea but joked he would not take over from 71-year-old Ferguson.

"No," he said, when asked if he could replace the Scot. "I think we have to end our career at the same time. Him at 90 and me at 70."

Real are a massive 16 points behind arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga but Mourinho warned his critics to hold fire, insisting he was gunning to steer the club to a record 10th Champions League crown.

"At the end we can assess the season," he added.

"There are great clubs in the world who have never won this competition.

"Real Madrid have won nine, I have won two. Real Madrid wants to win its 10th. I want my third."

Mourinho insists he is still enjoying his work and midfielder Michael Essien claimed the manager always has a smile on his face.

However, there is no escaping his fractious relationship with those who follow Madrid's fortunes so closely, as he pointed out when asked to comment on the Spanish newspaper depiction of Wayne Rooney as a "hooligan" this morning.

"I didn't read it," said Mourinho. "I don't know if it was written in that context, calling him a hooligan, or completely different.

"But if I can say one thing on behalf of Rooney, I was called worse than that, week by week."

You can only watch the best UEFA Champions League coverage here on Sky Sports. Watch Real Madrid v Manchester United exclusively live on Sky Sports 2HD and Sky Go from 6:00pm on Wednesday 13th February. Click here for more details and watch goals from United's route to the last 16.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Ian Baraclough was delighted Motherwell's game plan worked at Ibrox

Ian Baraclough says Motherwell's game plan worked perfectly as they won 3-1 at Rangers in the Premiership play-off final

Stuart McCall disappointed by slack Rangers in Motherwell defeat

Stuart McCall says Rangers gave their poorest performance under him as they lost their play-off tie against Motherwell

Chris Coleman hopeful Wales will not lost points from Israel win

Wales manager Chris Coleman fears his side would be badly affected if they lose points from their European Qualifier against Israel.

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company