José Mourinho speaks exclusively to sky sports on Chelsea’s immediate future, the injury from his time at Tottenham and Tammy Abraham.
Roma will face Feyenoord in the Europa Conference League showpiece on May 25 after knocking out Leicester in the semi-finals. Roma haven’t won a European competition for 50 years, since beating Blackpool in the 1972 Anglo-Italian Cup, but Mourinho will now be looking to complete the set after their last Champions League and League wins Europe.
While in Italy covering Europa League action, Sky Sports’ Gary Cotterill spent time with Mourinho and discussed various topics…
José talks about Chelsea…
“It’s a tough time and you can even feel it football-wise because they’ve lost that level of excellence and stability. But it’s right now, you know.
“If you ask me if I have someone I’d like to take over my Chelsea? Then yes, but I’m shutting my mouth.
“I just know the club has reached such a level that no matter who they are with, Chelsea will always be Chelsea. Chelsea will always be.
“And my house will always be 200 meters from the stadium and I want to continue listening to the sound of happiness and success and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be like that.”
Jose on his time at Spurs…
“I’m in the middle of my career and also my life where I don’t have bad feelings. I just try to accept things as they are.
“Yes. Yes it hurts.
“I react in a funny way when I talk to English journalists at press conferences. I always tell the joke about qualifying for the [Conference League] Final, I hope I don’t get sacked this time, because it’s something that doesn’t happen to too many coaches.
“This time I can’t say I’m the privileged one, because it happened to me.
“I have no regrets. I have no bad feelings. There are a lot of nice people at Tottenham and I wish them the best. Even Mr. Levy.
“But for a guy with my career and my history, I think it was a strange thing to happen.
“But in the end it opened the door for me to be in Rome and I’m very happy to be in Rome.
“Of course I would like to be in a position to fight to win titles or be in the Champions League where I played 160 or 170 games there.
“But I’m loved here. I like the people here. I really feel some of the empathy created between the fans and the club and myself and the players. I’m very happy here.”
Jose on the “incredible” Tammy Abraham…
“Against Leicester he was absolutely amazing and right now I’m joking and saying ‘I refuse to hire him’ because he can always do better.
“He knows how happy I am. He knows how much I love the kid and the player and I’m proud of what we’re doing and I’m so happy for Tammy.
“We found ourselves in this situation where I demand a lot from him because I know he can do incredibly well.
“I don’t think it’s an easy decision for a young player to leave his club, his house, his city, his country and leave the Premier League which of course is a competition only when a player finds it difficult to leave .
“He took that option and I think he took it because he trusted me. And I think right now if he wants to go back to England – I don’t think he wants no – but if he wants to go back to England, he just needs to snap his fingers and I’m so happy for him.
“He’s back in the national team and is loved at Roma. I’m not saying everyone is wrong, because I think everyone knows he’s a good player and I also think, along with Smalling , Tomori and Tammy, to show the English boys that there is life outside the Premier League and in Italy there is life that makes them even better players.”