The Portuguese coach was approached in both 2011 and 2013…
Jose Mourinho has revealed ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint Germain that he was approached by the French side to manage the club in 2011 and 2013.
The Qatari owned Ligue 1 side saw Mourinho as the perfect man to lead their club to European glory and the only manager who could overcome the dominance of the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
Mourinho was even flown to the Middle East to meet the hierarchy of PSG where they revealed their blueprint for success.
And according to the Daily Telegraph, the club may try and snap up the current Chelsea boss again at the end of this season for the third time if the Portuguese overcomes PSG again in the Champions League, as he did last season.
“I know the PSG project well, I know it well because when they start this project with the owner, the president and Leonardo, I was to be the coach,” said Mourinho.
“I met them in Qatar, so I know the project well. The project was to start dominating in France to dominate in Europe.
“The domination in France is there, they are champions, champions, champions. They are in the League Cup final, they are in the quarter-finals of the French Cup, they are two points behind the leaders so the domination of France is there.
“They want to dominate in Europe too and, to be fair, you look to Paris in the last two seasons in the Champions League and they lost in the quarter-finals, once narrowly to Barcelona and last season against Chelsea in the last second. So they know and they feel they are there. They are there. Paris is a big team with big ambitions.”
Mourinho claimed the reason he decided to turn down PSG before he first moved to Real Madrid was due to his desire to overcome Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.
“Because I was in Real Madrid and it was a real ambition for me to be champion in Spain, England and Italy. It was a big challenge for me and a big challenge to compete directly against the best Barcelona, probably the best team in Europe for the last decade for sure. It was not the right moment for me to go,” he said.
Chelsea face PSG at the Parc des Princes this evening in the last 16 of Champions League.