Portuguese says he only wanted Stamford Bridge return.
Jose Mourinho has insisted he had no interest in succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United boss and says the Scot knew that when he picked David Moyes as his successor.
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It was common knowledge Mourinho would leave Real Madrid long before he officially announced his departure in May last year and the Portuguese, 51, was mooted as Ferguson’s successor long before the United legend confirmed his retirement in the same month.
But Mourinho has stressed he was only interested in returning to Chelsea and says Ferguson, who hand-picked Moyes as his replacement, was aware of that fact.
“I spoke with Sir Alex when my Real Madrid team knocked United out of the Champions League last season and I told him what I wanted to do – that Chelsea is what I wanted. That was the direction I wanted to go,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Mail.
“Everyone knew Benitez was not going to stay, everyone knew my relationship with the club and it was an opportunity I didn’t want to lose.
“So I don’t know if Sir Alex thought of me for United or not – that’s not the point. The point is he knew clearly that I wanted to go to Chelsea.”