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Mourinho eyeing return to England after Real sojourn

AFP, MADRID

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he wants to return to an English Premier League club after his spell in Madrid comes to an end.

“I just say openly that for many reasons after Real Madrid, Spain, Inter, Italy, Chelsea, England, Porto, Portugal, that after this project, the next step will be England for many reasons, but when I don’t know,” Mourinho said.

The Portuguese coach, speaking in an interview with CNN, remained tightlipped about which club he might be tempted by amid speculation he would be among the favorites to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

“I call him the boss because he’s the boss of the coaches and I hope that when I go back to English football he still manages Manchester United,” Mourinho said of Ferguson. “I don’t think about that, especially as I have a four-year contract with Real. I sign it and when I sign it, I sign it because I wanted to be in Real Madrid at this period of my career and I don’t think in another club.”

However, Mourinho said that he was in contact with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

“We are in touch a lot, and the last example is Michael Essien was going to another club and when I said [gestures in making a telephone call] ‘please leave it to your friend’ he left it to his friend,” Mourinho said.

“We have a great relationship in fact,” he said.

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