‘Apart from Mr Levy’s’ – Mourinho snubs Spurs in list of clubs he has ‘deep feelings’ for

Will Ford
Jose Mourinho during a match

Jose Mourinho has snubbed Tottenham as he listed the club’s he has “deep feelings” for, amid doubts over his future at Roma.

The Portuguese, 60, spent 17 months at Spurs but was sacked by chairman Daniel Levy in April 2021 just a week before they were to play Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.

Mourinho had previously managed Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United, and has subsequently taken charge at Roma, winning the Europa Conference League and leading them to the final of this season’s Europa League, where they play Sevilla next Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of that fixture, Mourinho told a press conference: “I hope the Tottenham fans don’t get me wrong but the only club in my career where I don’t have still a deep feeling for is Tottenham.

“Probably because the stadium was empty, Covid time. Probably because Mr Levy didn’t let me win a final and win a trophy.”

Mourinho, who has been linked with a move to Paris St Germain this summer, was responding to a question about his future with Roma.

“We will be connected forever, like I am with all my previous clubs, apart from Mr Levy’s club,” he said.

“It’s the only one, so after that – Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid, Manchester United – all the clubs I feel a connection. Maybe people (will say) you cannot love every club – yes, I love every club.”

Spurs are currently 61 days into their search for a manager to replace Antonio Conte, and have gone back to the drawing board after they were entirely shafted by Arne Slot, who used them to get improved terms at Feyenoord.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is now the favourite, with Brendan Rodgers a close second having been let go by Leicester.

But the Spurs fans needn’t worry, what looks to a farce is actually “deliberate”, according to Sky Sports’ senior reporter Rob Dorsett.

Dorsett said: “As far as Tottenham are concerned, it’s a disappointment. But they were never concrete in their approach for Slot. It never got to any formal stage of discussions with him or Feyenoord, so Spurs will move on.

“When Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed, it took Spurs 76 days before he got the job. It’s been exactly 60 days since Antonio Conte was sacked as Spurs manager. This isn’t happening quickly for Spurs – but that’s deliberate, from my understanding.”

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