‘Special One’ admits it is only natural he will one day return to England.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has left the door open to a possible return to Chelsea, while admitting that he would love to return to management in England in the future.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, the Portuguese tactician was back in London after watching Brazil’s game against Russia at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
While he maintained that his current thoughts are solely on finishing the season well with Madrid, he is widely expected to leave the Spanish capital this summer.
The 50-year-old has never been shy in revealing his admiration for the English game, and was open about his feelings on the league and his former club again on Tuesday.
Having enjoyed great success during his time in west London, Mourinho has fond memories of his time with Chelsea and has regularly been linked with a return.
“In this moment, I am completely independent of talks and speculations, and people who know me, know me well enough that I think about my job at Real Madrid,” Mourinho said.
“I cannot deny that, despite this weather, I love it here, and as I said I have a house and I have big emotional connections with Chelsea and one day I think naturally I will have to be back to English football, or to Chelsea or to another club.
“Of course, Chelsea means to me differently than other clubs. Chelsea is in my heart as Inter is for example,” he added.
Rumours have also suggested that Mourinho could be lined up to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when he calls time on his managerial career.
However, the former Inter boss admitted that he doesn’t believe either job in Manchester will be available in the foreseeable future while also wishing all parties concerned good luck for the rest of the season.
“I think Manchester is Sir Alex’s kingdom and I would love that job to be his job forever, and for many more years and the other chair is Roberto [Mancini] with a contract.
“He was champion two years ago so I don’t think there is a move over there and I hope everything goes well for everyone. Even Benitez, I hope it goes well for him and I wish the same for them as for me for it to go well.”
The ‘Special One’ then returned to talk about his own ambitions for this season, emphasising he is fully focused on winning with Madrid, and hopes to lead the Spanish giants to a Champions League success in May.
However, with speculation continuing to suggest he will be looking for pastures new this summer, a return to Chelsea very much remains an option.