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Jose: I don't want to succeed Fergie

ESPN staff
October 1, 2012
Jose Mourinho has suggested he does not want to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson © Getty Images

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has said he does not want to return to English football with Manchester United - as he hopes Sir Alex Ferguson will continue at Old Trafford for many years to come.

Mourinho, who managed Chelsea to great success between 2004 and 2007, reiterated his desire to return to the Premier League one day - but hopes it will not be United, often considered his most likely destination, that draws him back due to his deference to Ferguson, a man he calls 'The Boss'.

The Portuguese has also been linked with Manchester City, and even a return to Chelsea, ever since publicly pining for a Premier League return but insists he remains more than happy at Real Madrid - for now.

"I don't think about that [succeeding Ferguson at Manchester United], especially as I have a four-year contract with Real," Mourinho told CNN. "I signed it and when I signed it, I signed it because I wanted to be in Real Madrid at this period of my career and I don't think of another club.

"I just say openly that, for many reasons, after Real Madrid, Spain, Inter, Italy, Chelsea, England, Porto, Portugal, after this project, the next step will be England for many reasons but when I don't know.

"I don't have an idea and I am so happy to be in this moment as manager of the best club in the world."

On Ferguson, he added: "I call him the boss because he's the boss of the coaches, and I hope that when I go back to English football he still manages Manchester United."

Ferguson is currently 70, but has said little to suggest he plans to abdicate from the United hotseat any time soon. The 49-year-old Mourinho, while frustrated by some of the stresses of being a top-flight manager, revealed he intends to carry on in the dugout until he is 75.

"One day when my career finishes, I hope that I will still have a few years to be a normal person," he said. "I want to finish my career at 70 or 75."

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