Jose Mourinho was officially announced as the new Chelsea manager today in a press conference where the former Real Madrid boss outlined his vision for his return to Stamford Bridge.
In a candid presser, Mourinho was asked whether he was still the ‘Special One’, replying: “I am the happy one.
“Time flies. It looks like it was a couple of days ago [his last unveiling] but it was nine years ago.
“I am the same person, I have the same heart and I have the same kind of emotions related to my passion for football and my job but of course I am a different person. If I have to describe myself, I say I am a very happy person.
“It’s the first time I arrive in a club where I am already loved.”
It was a noticeably different Mourinho from his first press conference as Blues boss, but many fans will be hoping that the humour and passion that saw the Portuguese boss once talk of eggs and omelettes, Sir Alex Ferguson’s bad taste in wine and Bird Flu will also make a return.
Rumours that the relationship between him and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had broken down prior to his departure from the club were also quashed by the Portuguese gaffer as he put to bed any talk of a rift at Stamford Bridge.
“I read that I was fired because we had a complete break-down of our relationship, that’s not true,” he said.
“It was a mutual agreement, at the time we thought it was the best for me and the club. At he time it was a sad moment but I don’t regret the decision because after that I went to Inter, where I probably had the best moment of my career.
“After that I went to Madrid, where we still have the record of the best team in Spanish history. And for Chelsea things went well too, they were European champions for the first time. … if there had been a break in our relationship … real problems … I wouldn’t be here today.”
The new Chelsea boss’ first job may well be to sanction the sale of David Luiz to Barcelona for £30million, but it is almost certain he will have the funds to strengthen his squad in the Premier League transfer window with André Schürrle and Edison Cavani top of his list.
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