august 20, 2012 • 03:17 PM

Mourinho to Premier League clubs: Show me you want me

Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho looks on during a press conference held before a training session at Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on August 18, 2012.
Foto: Getty Images

According to the Daily Mail, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has challenged Barclays Premier League clubs to show they really want him after he reiterated a desire to return to England and coach.

Mourinho took the league by storm during his three years as Chelsea boss, and he's constantly linked with a return, being cited as a favorite to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United or Roberto Mancini at Manchester City. He's also constantly mentioned as a candidate to return to Chelsea, despite his acrimonious sacking there.

Mourinho told BBC Radio Five Live: "I will go where people really want me and, when that moment arrives, they show me they really want me. But I have to repeat always this: I am at Real Madrid. I like very much to be [there]. I want one day to be back in English football, yes. I always said that."

Mourinho, who is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time, said part of the reason for his success is due to his ability to immerse himself in a club like a fan would.

"When I go to a club, I wear the shirt, I feel the shirt like it's my first one or my last one," he said. "I feel the fans as part of myself. I create eternal links with fans. I go to play against Chelsea and I feel (it), I go to Italy and I feel (it). I work for the clubs, I work for the people that trust me, and of course the owners and the directors, but the clubs are the fans. For me, it's one of my qualities. I become immediately one of them and I feel that I am one of them with a privileged position to fight for the club and to try to bring to all of them happiness."