Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has re-iterated his desire to return to the Barclays Premier League to tackle “unfinished business”.
Mourinho left Chelsea in 2007 after a hugely successful spell at Stamford Bridge before winning the Serie A title and Champions League with Inter Milan last season. The Portuguese coach is contracted to Real for another three years - but maintains he is planning to return to England sooner rather than later.
“I miss England and my next job will be in England,” he told The Sun. “There is unfinished business. And I think England wants me back, no? It was the most enjoyable time of my career.”
Focusing on Madrid’s fortunes, Mourinho believes his team has the edge on Tottenham and is confident he can end the London club’s Champions League odyssey in the quarter-finals.
Spurs’ debut Champions League campaign has already delivered famous wins against Inter and AC Milan, and the reward for Harry Redknapp’s side is a glamorous last-eight encounter against the Spanish giants.
Mourinho concedes he has some misgivings about coming up against the tournament dark horses, but admits he is at least approaching the tie with more relish than he did last year’s last-16 encounter with former club Chelsea.
“I didn’t want Chelsea-Inter, because last season it was difficult to play against Chelsea,” he told BBC Radio 5.
“I did it, and I did everything I could to help my team, but I was not comfortable. I don’t like to play against my friends.
“Any team is difficult and any team is a motivation for us. Tottenham are a good team: they beat Inter, they beat Milan, they have ambitions, they have a very good team and a good manager.
“You can feel that it is a happy team, and happy teams are dangerous teams.”