Mourinho reveals he will stay at Chelsea for 10 more years
Chelsea manger Jose Mourinho has revealed that he wants to stay at Chelsea ‘for many years’, in a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game against Everton. The Special One is enjoying his second term as the Chelsea boss, with his team enjoying a seven-point gap at the top of the Premier League ahead of closest rivals Manchester City.
Two years into his four-year contract at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho has come out and said that he intends to stay at the club for 10 more years.
"I would [like to be at Chelsea for the next 10 years], for me the most important thing is to be happy," said Mourinho, speaking exclusively to BT Sport.
“I like the club, I like the players, I like the fans, I like the Premier League a lot. In some moments I don’t understand a few things, but that doesn’t change my fantastic feeling about the Premier League. I’m very, very happy. If somebody tells me I’m going to make ten years at Chelsea, I would say yes."
On leaving Real Madrid and coming back to Chelsea
"I don’t think leaving a big club like Real Madrid is an easy option. Normally people that leave Real Madrid because the club wants people to leave, not from their own initiative.
"So for me to leave Real Madrid and the team that I was building there, only for a club like Chelsea with a project that people explained to me, with that objective of going to the end of my four years contract and possibly go over the four years of my contract.
"I’m happy to be a part of this new Chelsea, and hopefully I can stay for many years.”
Despite opening up a seven-point lead over the closest rivals, Mourinho reckons the title race is still open.
He said, "We are speaking about 42 points, that’s a lot of points. But we know that we have seven points more than the second, ten to the third and 14 to the fourth. We depend upon ourselves, we don’t have to be under pressure every weekend trying to know the results of Southampton or Manchester City or Manchester United or Liverpool.
"We simply don’t care about it, we do our work and we try to win our matches. And in this moment every match we win, every point we get, we get a little bit closer, but it’s still too far.”
On playing a relatively fixed team so far this season
"I try to read and to anticipate the game and the opponent. I try to read the condition of our players. I try to share information with my staff, with the medical staff, to try to feel if some players are in a risky situation, if some players need a rest, if some players need more minutes on the pitch, and it try to keep a little balance. As you know, at the moment our squad is a squad of 16 players and five very young players. Five kids that are under 19 and come from the academy and these kids are in a learning process.
"We have a very short squad, we don’t have a squad like other teams in the Premier League with options. options, options. We rely a lot on this group of players which we have."
"The players that stay in the team from season to season give us the stability and the spine, the structure of what we want. In my opinion we did good work by bringing in a couple of players to improve the team and with more maturity, a little bit more solutions, the team had a revolution, not just in the results, because in the results I think we have a few more points than we had last season, but last season we had a good Premier League too.
"More than that is the identity of our game, the quality of our game, the beauty of our game. And this is a very important step, because as you know a winning team will be always a winning team, but the winning team with very good quality in its game is something more.”