The Portuguese has spent time at the helm of some of Europe's biggest outfits, but he has made a home in London and wishes to make it his permanent residence.
Speaking to Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard, Mourinho revealed he's eager to create a dynasty in his second spell at Stamford Bridge:
I’m not here thinking about my next move because I don’t want to have a next move. I will have a next move if and when Chelsea decides it’s time for that.
I’m not chasing new experiences, trying to find where I like it more, where I can make new things for my career — no. It’s a completely different perspective.
I’m here to stay. I belong to Chelsea, Chelsea belong to me. I gave a lot to Chelsea in the past but they also gave a lot to me. This is a different professional relationship.
The 50-year-old first moved to West London in June 2004, having spent all of his previous coaching years in Portugal and Spain.
However, after a three-year stint at Stamford Bridge, the former Porto boss spent time at Inter and Real Madrid, winning major titles with each club he's managed.
Upon his return to Chelsea, things haven't been quite as smooth as expected, although the Blues finally seem to be adapting back to the high demands of the The Special One.
The club are currently in the frame for the Premier League title and sit just one point away from leaders Manchester City. However, as Mourinho is now experiencing firsthand, the landscape of the division has changed massively since he last encountered the English top flight.
ESPN's Ian Darke recently noted that, while things have shifted under the manager's tactics, Chelsea are still capable of the same success experienced in Mourinho's first tenure:
Mourinho's son, the suitably named Jose Jr., is a part of the Fulham academy, giving further reason as to why the Blues boss may be so willing to plant deeper roots in his current habitat.
Per Johnson's report, Mourinho says:
I’m not a person with a big social life. I just want the simple things in life but even the simple things I lost in Italy, Spain and Portugal. I think London is the only place in Europe where I can keep these little things of life. I can go to school and wait for my son and daughter and the parents feel me as another parent.
I can go to walk on Sloane Street or Old Bond Street and if somebody disturbs me it is not an English person for sure. It’s some tourist that sees me and they can’t control themselves. The English person is much more polite and respectful in relation to the private life of the person.
Even though he's only been back in the job for seven months, the squad reflects Mourinho's influence. Over the summer, deals were concluded for a number of big-name arrivals, including Willian, Andre Schurrle, Samuel Eto'o, Marco van Ginkel and Christian Atsu, among others.
As the months and seasons wear on, the once-heralded figure is only likely to further establish himself at the club he once again calls his home. His stay will hopefully arrest the managerial merry-go-round that has affected the club's fortunes since his 2007 departure.
It's safe to say that in Mourinho, a great deal of the Stamford Bridge faithful trust. However, in a sentiment that isn't always reciprocated, it appears that in this instance, the feeling is very much mutual.
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