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The tale of two talismans


Mourinho hints at Real exit

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has once again suggested that he could leave the Bernabeu and return to the Premier League at the end of the season.

• Jose wants England return

Mourinho was lured to Madrid after securing an historic Treble for Inter last season but has seen Real fall off the extreme pace set by Barcelona in La Liga, as well as becoming embroiled in disputes off the pitch.

He has had a well-publicised disagreement with sporting director Jorge Valdano over the club's pursuit of a new striker, which ended with the loan signing of Emmanuel Adebayor this week, and the coach's use of Karim Benzema.

Now Mourinho has suggested that a return to England is very much a possibility for the former Chelsea manager, with Manchester United and Manchester City sure to be linked with the self-titled 'Special One'.

"It's always important for me and my family to be happy and I love English football and my family love England," Mourinho said in the Sunday Mirror. "I have always maintained I will return one day but maybe it will come sooner than I expected.

"If you want to build something England is the place to do it. The culture, the atmosphere and the fair play are unlike anything anywhere else.

"Besides I want to live in England again. My family loved it here. We still have a house in England and they come back frequently. And if my family are happy then I am happy."

Mourinho has even been linked with a possible return to Chelsea, the club where he won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, but the Real coach says his relationship with owner Roman Abramovich is a complicated one.

"I was never under any illusions," he said. "I understood the personality of Roman Abramovich and the culture of the people around him, and knew it was not a job for ten years.

"My role was to give this man what he wanted - victory - knowing that, sooner or later, my time would finish, because there were too many things going on around me."


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