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Jose Mourinho denies United snub

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Chelsea boss adamant he never intended to take over at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho has insisted that he was never planning on taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, because his heart was always set on a return to Chelsea.

The Portuguese left England after being sacked by Roman Abramovich, and after spells in Italy with Inter Milan and in Spain with Real Madrid, it was time for Mourinho to make a dramatic return to the Premier League.

His return came just as Sir Alex announced his retirement from Manchester United, sparking speculation that Mourinho could be a shock contender to replace the Scot in the Old Trafford hot-seat.

However, United appointed David Moyes and Mourinho did in fact make his return to Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho Wasn’t Interested

In Ferguson’s recent book, he revealed that Mourinho was considered for the job, but the Special One has claimed he would never have taken it even if it was offered to him.

‘Every manager in the world looks at Man United as a huge club but I wanted to come to Chelsea and we didn’t bring that to the table because we were so open and he knows so much about myself,’ Mourinho said.

‘He knew that for almost a season I want to leave Real Madrid and I want to come to Chelsea.’

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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