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Jose Mourinho ‘would love’ Chelsea return – report

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho would love the chance to return for a third spell as Chelsea manager, a report has claimed.

Current Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino finds himself under immense pressure after watching his side tumble back into the bottom half of the Premier League table, with some inside Stamford Bridge chanting Mourinho’s name as Chelsea fell 4-2 to Wolves at the weekend.

Mourinho, who is currently out of work after leaving Roma in January, has spoken fondly of Chelsea since he left England, and according to the Daily Mail, he would “love” the opportunity to return to Stamford Bridge once again.

Alongside his eternal affinity for the club, Mourinho would relish a return to Chelsea for personal reasons. His family home sits just 200m from the Bridge and it is understood that his children still live in London alongside his wife.

As a result, a return to Chelsea would appeal to Mourinho, but it remains to be seen whether Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali will keep their faith in Pochettino, who claimed on Tuesday to have received a positive message of support from the owners after the Wolves loss.

Mourinho first joined Chelsea in 2004 as the first appointment of the Roman Abramovich era, and he won two Premier League titles with the Blues before disagreements with the then-owner saw him depart in 2007.

After successful stints with Inter and Real Madrid, Mourinho returned to Chelsea in 2013 and, with the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas at his side, he brought one more title before leaving in late 2015.

Since managing Chelsea, Mourinho has had stints at both Manchester United and Tottenham, but he has never hidden his love for the Blues, describing them as “my Chelsea” in an interview with Sky Sports last summer.

“Chelsea will always be Chelsea,” he said. “Chelsea will always be big and my house will always be 200 metres away from the stadium so I want to keep listening to the sound of happiness and success. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be like that.

“Of course, my English connection is Chelsea. That’s the way I see things, as a Chelsea man after two periods of Chelsea and six years.”