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Mourinho’s Heart in England

By March 23, 2011

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I attended a sit-down with Jose Mourinho on Tuesday, where the Portuguese tactician left no one present in any doubt that his next move will be back to England.

The Real Madrid coach was at his charismatic best as he received an award recognizing his contributions to English football, with the proceeds from the event in London going to the Nordoff Robbins charity which transforms the lives of children and adults constrained by illness, disability, trauma or isolation through the power of music.

Mourinho has always said he will return to manage in England, where he enjoyed great success with Chelsea, winning the Premier League in 2005 and 2006.

He talked of 'coming home' and pointed out that he still has a house in London where he wanted to return.

Mourinho generally remains at a club for two or three seasons, and he has a fierce desire to overhaul Barcelona in La Liga and deliver Real Madrid their 10th European Cup. He pointed out that he has three years left on his contract after this season and strongly hinted that he will still be at the Bernabeu in the 2011-12 campaign. Mourinho feels that his Real side can be seriously judged next season, with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria properly prepared for a full season in Spanish soccer.

He said he would be sitting down with his people and the Real Madrid hierarchy at the end of the season and if all parties were happy, he would continue.

The smart money would be on Mourinho returning to England by 2012 or 2013 at the latest because he rarely honors his contracts. There was a sense that he was itching to return but still had important business to attend to in Madrid.

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