Mourinho said: "I knew that Ferguson was retiring many months ago. I would have turned down every job in the world - the Manchester United job, every one - for Chelsea."
Having signed a four-year deal at Chelsea, Mourinho, 50, was seen by many as Sir Alex Ferguson's most likely, if not natural, successor. Despite this public perception Mourinho insists he was only interested in a return to Chelsea - despite being told of Ferguson's plans.
"I am so happy with Ferguson's trust because it was big news for the world - I can imagine that just a very small circle around him knew that, and it was a big responsibility for me to know that," he said.
"Why do I know that? Because we are friends, so if I am his friend to know that he is going to retire, he is also my friend to know that the club I want to coach in England is Chelsea.
"Of course I told him I want to come to Chelsea. I would turn down every job in the world for Chelsea."
This revelation will surprise many, especially after the seemingly uncomfortable "come-and-get-me" style interview performed by Mourinho after Real Madrid knocked Manchester United out of The Champions League in controversial circumstances.
One thing is for sure, Mourinho's ego will do everything possible to distance himself from any form of speculation that suggests he was not offered or even considered for the position.
Source: United Mad