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England return doesn't hinge on Sir Alex's retirement claims Mourinho

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The latest sound bite regarding the future of Jose Mourinho has arrived and unsurprisingly it is from the ‘Special One’ himself as the Real Madrid once again spoke of his desire to return to England in a long-ranging interview with CNN. The Portuguese revealed that he wasn’t solely focussed on replacing Sir Alex Ferguson while also disclosing that he still enjoyed a good relationship with Roman Abramovich.

Despite taking over at Madrid only in 2010 and having a contract at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2016, Mourinho has continually been linked with a move away from the Spanish Champions. Like his tempered stay in Italy, Mourinho has enjoyed a fractious relationship with the press and the fans in Spain. But the ‘Special One’ is unlikely to leave the Spanish capital until he clinches Europe’s biggest crown, a trophy that has always dictated the tenure of any Madrid manager.

And, he stated that he has no intention of leaving anytime soon: "I just say openly that for many reasons that after Real Madrid, Inter, Italy, Spain, Chelsea, England, Porto, Portugal, that 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."

After spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Madrid, there aren’t many challenges left for Mourinho to scale, but the Old Trafford seat is one he has long considered as his holy grail. But when asked if he is waiting for the man he calls ‘Boss’ to retire to make that move to England, Mourinho replied: "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.”

The more surprising titbit was when the 49 year old revealed his surprisingly close relationship with Abramovich. The Russian owner’s decision to let go of Mourinho in 2007 despite the immense success he brought to Chelsea suggested that the pair weren’t even on talking terms. But Mourinho said this when asked about the Russian: "We are in touch a lot, and the last example is Michael Essien was going to another club and when I did (gestures to telephone call) 'please leave it to your friend' he left to his friend," said the Real coach. We have a great relationship in fact.”