Mourinho: I had to beg Real Madrid to let me go

Jose Mourinho claims he had to "beg Real Madrid
to let me go", but does not expect to suffer a
similar ending to his time at Manchester United.
Mourinho's turbulent three-year spell at Santiago
Bernabeu came to an end in May 2013 by mutual
agreement with the Spanish giants despite the fact
he still had three years remaining on his contract.
The Portuguese returned to Chelsea for a second
spell a month later before moving to United for the
start of the 2016-17 season.
Mourinho won the EFL Cup and the Europa League
in his first year at Old Trafford - the second of
those trophies guaranteeing United a place in the
Champions League - and the 54-year-old is
confident his time in Lancashire will be more
successful.
Asked what he considered the hardest part of
rebuilding United following the underwhelming
reign of Louis van Gaal, he told reporters: "The
hardest part in my opinion was the period where
there was an evolution in football overall, in terms
of every other team, not just the typical powerful
teams, but all the others. Their evolution in relation
to the changes in football allowed them also to be
economically strong.
"At the same time there was an evolution and Man
United did not follow that evolution and my work is
not just about arriving at a football team and
developing the football team to attack, football
targets and objectives, it was more than that.
"It was to go into the structure and to try to adapt
the structure around the football team to a new
dynamic. And that was the same at Real Madrid, a
big club with big expectations but a difficult period
with the evolution of other teams and the distance
between Real Madrid and Barcelona growing bigger
and bigger and bigger.
"When I arrived it was not just about developing a
football team to try to stop that domination, but to
also develop everything around the team and in
that respect I can see similarities in terms of the
difficulties and similarities in terms of the
dimension of my job.
"I think what we did last season, Europa League,
League Cup, sixth in the Premier League is what
gets into your eyes. But I know that my job was
much more than just the success in some
competitions and being unsuccessful in the Premier
League.
"To be honest, with the club [Real]'s structure, they
wanted me to stay, they didn't want me to leave.
Everybody in the club, president, CEO, the board,
myself, we all felt after the years I was there that
the difficult part of the job was done and they
wanted me to stay.


"In fact, I almost had to beg to let them let me go. I
don't think that at United is going to happen,
because I don't want to go.
"Real Madrid, for me, was really something that I
wanted to do. It was something I had a chance to
do twice before and didn't. And on the third time, I
don't think you can say 'no' three times to such a
club. I wanted to go and win the title in Spain, but
it was not for me to stay. I was not in love with my
life there. I wanted to come back to England and in
that case, to Chelsea."

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