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Mourinho: I want to stay
12 Apr 2007 - 12:42:30
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has reiterated his desire to remain at Stamford Bridge and insists he has no intention of leaving the club and taking over at Real Madrid.
The former FC Porto coach is about to complete his third season with the reigning Premiership champions, but was widely tipped to be leaving the club in the summer after falling out with owner Roman Abramovich.
However, in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Mourinho said: "I don't want my name linked with Madrid or with any other club because I want to stay with Chelsea.
"I've got a contract until 2010 and I want to carry on.
"If I have to leave for some reason or because someone wants me to, that's life in soccer.
"And if I leave I want to keep coaching next season at another European club. I like English soccer and I'd like to coach another club in the Premiership but not now.
"I don't imagine leaving Chelsea and going straight to another English club. It would be a very strange situation and I don't want it to happen.
"I have done work in these three years which could be termed historic, because some of the things we have done can only be described this way.
"This season has been the best of all because we have had to overcome some incredible problems.
"It's been unbelievable what we've suffered because of injury problems this season, and look what we're still managing to do.
"My work is with the players, we are the ones that win and lose the games. I don't want to talk about my relationship with Abramovich."