The Portuguese boss claims that his assistant, Rui Faria, is the most suited to the Blues helm, with the pair similar in personality and in coaching style.
He told BT Sport: “If one day I have to choose my successor, if you want to use that, the one that I really feel thinks like me,” as quoted by the Express.
“Is adapted to my way of leading, he’s adapted to my way of coaching, he’s the one with more similarities with me even in some traces of personality, is my assistant, Rui Faria.”
Mourinho and Faria have been inseparable since 2002 when the duo linked up at FC Porto, but could yet venture on his own path and into management.
If Faria does opt for a managerial role, he would not be the first of Mourinho’s assistants to have made the jump up in position.
Zenit Saint-Petersburg manager Andre Villas-Boas, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Reading manager Steve Clarke have all taken up the senior ranking following a successful period partnering Mourinho during his first stint at Chelsea.