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Mourinho in quotes

Real Madrid confirmed on Monday that manager Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season.

The decision adds weight to speculation that the Portuguese is set for a Premier League return with former club Chelsea.

The 50-year-old has been a colourful character throughout his managerial career, and is never stuck for an opinion.
Here, we look at 10 of Jose Mourinho’s most famous soundbites.
“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.”

And thus a star was born. Mourinho introduced himself to the English press with arguably his most famous line, as he responded to doubts that he was not suitable to work in the Premier League.
“If they made a film of my life, I think they should get George Clooney to play me. He’s a fantastic actor and my wife thinks he would be ideal.”

Mourinho is A-list material in his own right, but left everyone in no doubt as to who his wife would like to see on the big screen in a Jose biopic.
“For me, pressure is bird flu. I’m feeling a lot of pressure with the problem in Scotland. It’s not fun and I’m more scared of it than football.”

Calmness in the face of adversity? Not if adversity is bird flu evidently, as Mourinho quelled talk that his Chelsea side would struggle to see out their title defence in 2006.
“What position is my wife in? Eighth at least.”

Behind every great man is a great woman, even a man who was surveyed as the ninth most influential man in the world.
“Look, I’m a coach, I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real.”

Mourinho warned Real Madrid fans not to expect him to wave a magic wand to bring trophies to the club.
“You would be sad if your team gets as clearly dominated by opponents who have been built on 10 percent of the budget.”

Rubbing salt into Alex Ferguson’s wounds, after his Porto side knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League.
“I think he is one of those people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families.”

One of Mourinho’s more ill-advised comments, when responding to Arsene Wenger’s criticisms of his Chelsea side. A remark which he would later apologise for.
“Sometimes you see beautiful people with no brains. Sometimes you have ugly people who are intelligent, like scientists.”

A pearler of a metaphor to describe the state of the Stamford Bridge, ahead of a UEFA Champions League tie with Barcelona in 2006.
“I would love an Aston Martin but if you ask me one million pounds for an Aston Martin, I tell you, you are crazy because they cost 250,000 pounds.”

Mourino describing how Chelsea would not be paying over-the-odds in the transfer market.
“I am Jose Mourinho and I don’t change. I arrive with all my qualities and my defects.”

Upon his arrival at Real, Mourinho said he will never change his approach. He has stayed true to his word.
Mon 20 May, 2013
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