LONDON, England, December 26 – Jose Mourinho says he has his sights set on an eventual return to England – but only once he has made the most of the “great experience” of being at the helm of Real Madrid.
The former Chelsea manager has long stated his love of the English game and many observers feel he will ultimately be headhunted to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United after the latter eventually retires.
Mourinho joined Real on a four-year contract in 2010 fresh from delivering a first European Cup for Inter Milan in four decades, having already won the competition with Porto.
Having landed the Spanish Cup in his first season Mourinho has now taken Real to the top of La Liga but he told the BBC on Monday he still dreams of returning for a second spell in the English Premier League.
“I am very, very happy to be in Real Madrid. It is a great experience for me,” Mourinho stressed.
“I believe it is probably the biggest club in the history of football, I didn’t want to miss the chance to work here.
“But my passion is England and my next step will be to go back, if possible go and stay for a long time. Get me a club in a couple of years, get me a good club.”
Mourinho also said he believed success depended on genius – on the pitch but also in the dugout.
“I think the genius will make always the difference. And the genius in my sport is about some unbelievable players that can break every organisation and every work you can do.
“Genius in managing also exists. For me in football the most important thing is man-management. Football for me is a human science, it is about man.
“I try to prepare my players the best I can but in the end of the day they are the guys that decide everything in the right moment. They make the difference.”