Jose Mourinho was so adamant and passionate about reuniting with his former club Chelsea that he would have turned down any job in the world, including the Manchester United position. That's according to BBC Sport, who spoke with the new Chelsea boss recently.
Jose told the BBC:
I knew that Ferguson was retiring many months ago.
I would have turned down every job in the world - the Manchester United job, every one - for Chelsea.
The fact that Mourinho was privy to such important information in the first place is perhaps what comes as more of a shock for fans of the beautiful game.
It is no secret that Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson have been friends for quite some time now, but the revelation that the former Real Madrid boss was one of the few people to know about Fergie stepping down ahead of time might come as a surprise to most people.
On the matter Jose went on to say:
I am so happy with his [Ferguson's] trust because it was big news for the world - I can imagine that just a very small circle around him knew that, and it was a big responsibility for me to know that.
Why do I know that? Because we are friends, so if I am his friend to know that he is going to retire, he is also my friend to know that the club I want to coach in England is Chelsea.
Of course I told him I want to come to Chelsea. I would turn down every job in the world for Chelsea.
One has to wonder if this is part of that Jose Mourinho charm that we have come to either love or loathe in the past 10 years.
Certainly Mourinho does seem very happy to be returning to Chelsea, but would he really have turned down a position like the United job had he been offered it ahead of David Moyes?
This admittance from Mourinho is probably going to spark two strings of debate.
Firstly, whether or not Fergie originally approached Mourinho for the role, only to be turned down as he wanted to return to the London side with whom he had had so much joy.
And, secondly, how truthful the entirety of these comments are. It is easy to say that you wouldn't have turned down any other club when there aren't really any sides (publicly) looking to acquire your services.
From what we've seen, the only elite team to approach the newly dubbed "happy one" was Chelsea FC.
Had Mourinho genuinely been offered the United role, perhaps these comments might have been the reverse, with him stating that he would turn down any other club out there for a chance to manage the Red Devils.
However, I am going to give the new Chelsea boss the benefit of the doubt on this one, and surmise that his passion for Chelsea was the leading factor in speaking so openly to the press about this.
I don't think Sir Alex or the rest of the board was ever going to offer Jose the United role, and perhaps that was a good thing for the Champions of England, as it would appear they would have been globally rejected by the two-time Champions League winner.
From a United perspective, this is now the perfect reason for David Moyes to step up and show the "Special and Happy one" why the United role should still be the most coveted in all of England.