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Jose enjoys Blues support
24 Apr 2007 - 09:27:45
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hopes to have finally settled the debate about his future at Stamford Bridge ahead of the Champions League clash with Liverpool.
Mourinho's position has been in doubt for several months, but the Portuguese is hopeful that the latest vote of confidence from the Blues hierarchy will be enough to allow him to focus on the crucial last few weeks of the season.
He said: "Of course it is more than a job for me. Maybe the country is special, maybe the country's football is special.
"Chelsea is my first club in this country and I do not think it would be easy for me in this country to leave Chelsea and go next door.
"We have become part of Chelsea history with the first title for 50 years, the connection with the supporters, the feeling with the supporters, everything together.
"I like the club, I like the players very, very much. I like the way I work with Peter Kenyon - I think he is top and the way we work together pleases me very, very much.
"I have a job to do and I was always focused on the job. Now you think about the future, that is normal.
"But it helped me that I opened my mind, I opened my heart and told them I wanted to stay. I was only focused on my job.
"For the board to say they wanted me to stay and the story was over, it was important. It is good, it feels good.
"What mattered for me is they wanted me to stay and my decision was made. I was not thinking much about my future or another club."