Portuguese says he was only interested in a return to the Blues.
New Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho has revealed that he would have rejected the chance to manage Premier League champions Manchester United this summer had he been given the opportunity, reports BBC Sport Online.
The self-styled ‘Special One’ left his position as boss of Spanish giants Real Madrid at the end of last season following three controversial years at the Santiago Bernabeu in order to return for a second spell in charge of the west London club, six years after he last coached the Blues.
However, speculation had also been rife that the Portuguese was in line to take over from veteran United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who finally decided to call time on his illustrious coaching career at Old Trafford in May after more than 26 years in charge of the Red Devils.
Ferguson’s successor turned out to be Everton trainer David Moyes, but Mourinho has insisted that even if he had been asked to replace the Scot, he would have turned United down as he was only interested in a return to Stamford Bridge this summer.
“I knew that Ferguson was retiring many months ago,” said Mourinho.
“I would have turned down every job in the world – the Manchester United job, every one – for Chelsea.
“Why do I know that? Because we are friends, so if I am his friend to know that he is going to retire, he is also my friend to know that the club I want to coach in England is Chelsea.
“Of course I told him I want to come to Chelsea. I would turn down every job in the world for Chelsea.”
Mourinho spent three campaigns in the capital between 2004 and 2007, winning 124 of his 185 matches in all competitions, giving him a remarkable overall win percentage of 67.