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Mourinho says he is happy to have left Chelsea

LONDON, Sep 21 (Reuters) Jose Mourinho said today he was happy to have left Chelsea and happy with the mark he had left on the club and on English football.

In an interview for Portuguese television the day after his shock departure from the Stamford Bridge club, a relaxed-looking Mourinho joked he still felt special and also said he expected he would return one day to coach in England.

''I'm fine, in professional terms and in personal terms I'm fine,'' said Mourinho.

''I'm happy to have left and I'm happy with what I achieved at Chelsea not only with the results but with the mark I made.'' The Portuguese coach, who spent three years at Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup without losing a home league game, added it was important he and the club were now content.

''I don't want the supporters to chant my name if they get a bad result in the future. I don't want players to threaten to leave because I have left. I don't want demonstrations of any sort,'' he said.

LOVE STORY Yesterday Mourinho said in an open letter he had a ''never ending love story'' with Chelsea and their fans.

Mourinho, who left the club by ''mutual agreement'' after a series of disagreements, particularly with owner Roman Abramovich, led to a breakdown in the relationship, said he had no immediate plans to return to work in Portugal.

''I don't want to coach in Portugal nor do I want to be the coach of the Portugal national team for the next few years,'' he said.

The 44-year-old Portuguese, who won the Champions League with Porto in 2004, has said in the past he was interested in coaching in Italy and at the end of his career would like to take charge of his national side.

But he added today: ''I think sometime I will return to coach in England.'' Chelsea appointed Israeli Avram Grant, who is close to Abramovich and had been shadowing Mourinho as director of football since July, to succeed the Portuguese.

His first assignment will be the high-profile Premier League game at champions Manchester United on Sunday.


Story first published: Saturday, September 22, 2007, 0:03 [IST]
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