Mourinho: I don’t want to go to Chelsea!
Special One is most likely headed for Tottenham
Friday, March 02, 2012 - 13:06
According to Spanish reports, he chose a property in the capital and will pay a deposit this week.
But the Real Madrid boss told fans he has no plans to manage Chelsea for a second time.
Mourinho took advantage of his visit to the capital on Tuesday to dine at his favourite restaurant, the family-owned La Famiglia.
He was joined for lunch in the popular West London eatery by his wife Tami, 41, and her sister and husband.
Before the meal he asked to personally speak to the restaurant’s owner, Italian Alvaro Maccioni.
Maccioni’s daughter, Marietta, told the Mirror: “It was lovely to see him again after so long away.
“He came in with his wife, sister-in-law and her husband. They had a leisurely lunch and enjoyed themselves.
“Jose was speaking to my father for quite a while, just about family and how the business was doing.
“He said he was househunting in the area and was looking for a big place for the whole family.
“A lot of the staff are Chelsea fans, including me, and they were asking him if he was coming back to the club.
“Unfortunately he said he wasn’t. We’re all disappointed as he was a great manager for us. I wish he was coming back.
“He didn’t tell us anything else about his plans, and we didn’t pry as he’s a good customer and a friend.”
The Chelsea snub will fuel speculation that a move to Spurs or Arsenal is a strong possibility but he will want to pick his next move carefully.
At 49, he has proved he can change any club, turn them into winners.
But so far in his career, Mourinho has only been a short-term fix.
Two months at Benfica, eight at Uniao de Leiria, a trophy-laden two and a half years at Porto.
Incredibly, for all Mourinho has achieved, his longest stint at any club was the three and a quarter years he spent at Stamford Bridge, with him quitting Inter Milan for Real Madrid in May 2010, after just two seasons at the San Siro.
And as Mourinho’s love-in at the Bernebeu has turned into a more acrimonious marriage of convenience, with the Portuguese’s wandering eye resurfacing as he prepares to exchange contracts on his new family pad in London, the Special One wants to show that he can, truly, lay down longterm roots.
Sources close to Mourinho maintain that what he wants now is something different. — Daily Mirror