News that may shock Blues fans.
Despite the hero status Jose Mourinho has at Chelsea, it was actually Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup that the Blues approached first to take over as manager this summer.
Mourinho came back to Stamford Bridge following a six year absence managing Inter Milan and Real Madrid and was well received by fans who had enjoyed the success that the 50-year-old had brought last time round.
However, it turns out that the hierarchy at the west London club actually wanted Laudrup to take the hot seat, after the Dane had enjoyed a great first term with the Swans.
“Someone from Chelsea wanted to know about my availability, but there was never anything concrete,” the 49-year-old was quoted by ITV.
“Either way, I had already given Swansea my word that I would be not be leaving.”
Laudrup guided the Welsh side to their first ever major trophy in 2012/13 when Swansea lifted the League Cup – beating Chelsea in the semi-finals on the way.
The club also finished in the top 10 under the former Barcelona and Real Madrid superstar and are now in Europe for the first time since 1991.
Mourinho meanwhile was hotly tipped to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and didn’t take up the position at the Bridge until after David Moyes was appointed.
Reports have since emerged that the Portuguese ace did indeed think the Red Devils job was coming his way and reacted very badly when it did not materialise – although this has been denied.
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