Jose Mourinho's Most Likely English Premier League Destinations
"I cannot deny what is clear in my mind. After Real Madrid, England, that's for sure. I keep saying the same, I know clearly. In England (I could manage) everyone."
Such were Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho's words in a recent interview with Sky Sports, confirming the suspicions of those who have long believed that the enigmatic manager's future lay in a return to the Premier League.
But which club is most likely to be his destination?
Here are the five most likely candidates.
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Can you picture Jose Mourinho at Arsenal? Me neither. But the possibility isn't entirely out of the realms of belief.
The Portuguese manager wouldn't have an ideal spending kitty, but the prestige and history of Arsenal Football Club is an enticing prospect for any boss in world football.
The Gunners' squad is already stacked full of young talent, with an attractive style of football already ingrained at The Emirates.
But Arsene Wenger doesn't seem to be thinking about retirement any time soon, so this one's a little far-fetched for me.
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Brendan Rodgers is the right man for Liverpool...long term.
But if results don't improve soon for the Reds and the storied club fail to move far up enough the Premier League table to satisfy owner John W. Henry, the patience of the American billionaire may wear thin.
Only this past weekend did Jose Mourinho weigh in on Rodgers' current predicament at Anfield, telling Sky Sports that: "I think Brendan, he can't be champion with that team. He can't make miracles."
Or, in other words, "but I can?"
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"I'm a London Blue."
Having made the bold statement that England was his next destination, Mourinho did reiterate his continued passion for Chelsea Football Club to Sky Sports, having led them to back-to-back Premier League triumphs in 2005 and 2006.
And whilst he didn't rule out a sensational return to the London club in the interview, it would be more likely that he would prefer a new challenge should he make the move back to England.
His strained relationship with Blues' owner Roman Abramovich is thought to be the most likely deterrent in preventing the ultimate of reunions (via TribalFootball).
2. Manchester City
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If it's money he wants, there isn't a more enticing possible destination than The Etihad for Jose Mourinho.
With expectations even loftier than those at Chelsea, Manchester City would be the type of pressure-cooker environment that a boss like Mourinho could thrive in.
He would also have an immensely talented squad at his disposal and the opportunity to build an up-and-coming club similar to that of Chelsea when he took over there.
Though if he were to make the move to Manchester, I'm sure his preferred destination would be...
1. Manchester United
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With Sir Alex Ferguson currently in the twilight of his managerial career, the decision of who to replace the ultimate boss is one that will no doubt capture the attention of all in the footballing world.
Come judgment day, Jose Mourinho will certainly be in the queue.
The most notable contenders for the ultimate job at present seem to be Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, David Moyes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Though, if he can continue to win silverware at Madrid, it would be hard to overlook the Portuguese coach if he does make himself available.
Where do you think Jose Mourinho will coach next?