Mourinho: I have rejected PSG twice
The Blues boss says he was Leonardo’s ‘first choice’ and would love to meet the French champions in the final of the Champions League
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he has twice turned down the chance to manage Paris Saint-Germain.
The Blues boss is in his second spell at Stamford Bridge after returning to the club after three years with Real Madrid but says he has been offered the chance to manage the French side.
Mourinho faced PSG in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, losing the first leg 3-1 before knocking the French side out on away goals after winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Despite that, the Chelsea boss feels PSG are capable of claiming European glory and that Laurent Blanc, who has come under criticism after a slow start to the season, is the right man for the job.
“I was the first choice of Leonardo. I said no to PSG twice,” he told Telefoot.
“Paris can win the Champions League, it would be fantastic to have a Chelsea-PSG in the final.
“Paris is in good hands, Laurent Blanc is a good manager.”
Mourinho has been long tipped to take over as coach of Portugal but he insists he is in no rush to manage his country and is eyeing a long career in management.
“To become Portugal’s coach ? The country awaits it,” he added. “I’m in the half-time on my career, I still have 15 years”.
Great things come to those who are willing to risk rejection and put themselves out there.