A report in the Mirror says that he let slip that he would be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu at a coach’s meeting at his son’s team and jokingly said “I will be there next season” whilst looking at pictures of him celebrating on top of an open-top Chelsea bus.
Mourinho made his speech at the Canillas club in Madrid and the chairman Manuel Alvarez revealed:
“Mourinho told us that next year he cannot talk to the coaches, it was impossible, because he will not be here.
“If Mourinho goes it will be a great loss for Spanish football. I hope Florentino can fix it for the sake of the club.”
There was also a frenzy of speculation when the Portuguese manager flew to London on Tuesday and Spanish Radio station Punto Pelota claimed that although the excuse for the trip was to do with his daughter’s education, he was actually there to speak to Chelsea and the same story was published in Portugal.
These rumours must be excruciating for those that are desperate to see Mourinho back at Stamford Bridge but I believe he is lobbying hard for the job and has probably spoken to Roman Abramovich or the club officials by now. He’s definitely one of the names of the list of candidates, with Manuel Pellegrini being another, but which man will the Russian opt for?
We can only wait and see but Mourinho doesn’t simply let things slip and tends to plan almost everything he says in order to make the impact he desires. He knows that he is the popular choice amongst the fans for the job and is probably doing everything he can to associate himself with the position.