I twice turned down the chance to coach PSG – Jose Mourinho

by Mark Bassey

The manager of Chelsea FC, Jose Mourinho said he twice turned down the opportunity to coach French club, Paris Saint-Germain.

In an interview with TF1’s Telefoot programme on Sunday, 12 October, Mourinho said, “I knew PSG’s project before it was initiated. Because I think I can say it, I was the first option to go with Leonardo.”

Mourinho said he was offered the role of PSG coach twice in the past, but he turned them down both times. According to the ‘special one’,  the first was in winter of 2011, while the second was in the summer of 2013.

Mourinho said, “I gave it a lot of thought, but I had Madrid the first time and a return to Chelsea the second time around. I’m in a club where I want to be, but a day will come when Mr. Abramovich will say ‘Jose, it’s over.”

He, however, said the allure of the English premiership league was too attractive to refuse.

“To be a champion with PSG is not something of another world. To be a champion with England is fantastic for everybody because it’s very tough. But PSG have many qualities. Laurent Blanc is a good coach, the president knows his football very well and Leonardo laid a fantastic base. The players have experience, the club is there. They’ve made two (Champions League) quarter-finals, they beat Barcelona,” he added.

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