Jose Mourinho has broken his silence on his Chelsea sacking via a statement through his agents CAA.
And Mourinho’s words indicate that he is ready to get straight back to work at a top European club.
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The CAA statement revealed that the Special One “will not be taking a sabbatical” and “is already looking forward” after departing Stamford Bridge for the second time in his distinguished career.
It also confirmed that Mourinho, who will remain in London but refrain from attending high-profile games to avoid causing speculation, left against his will rather than mutual consent.
The full statement by a CAA spokesman, via The Telegraph, read: “Jose Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea football club because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years. He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea, and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club.
“During his career, Jose has sometimes chosen to leave a club, but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave.
“Each time represents for him the end of a cycle, and the opportunity to start a new one. Jose hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007.
“He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn’t tired, he doesn’t need it, he is very positive, and is already looking forward.
“Because of his love of football, you will see Jose at football grounds working and supporting friends. He will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future.
“Jose will remain living in London and hopes he and his family will be given the opportunity to do this privately.
Jose will not speak about his current situation for the foreseeable future. He asks the media to respect this decision.”
One thing which is clear from this statement is that the Portuguese has not been deterred by overseeing Chelsea’s worst start to a league season in 37 years, which left them 16th in the Premier League table.
And chairman around Europe are unlikely to have been deterred either. Mourinho was a title-winning manager only seven months ago and is one of the most decorated bosses of the modern era, lifting championships in four different countries and the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan.
Managers at top clubs across the continent may be looking over their shoulder.
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