Jose Mourinho has revealed that he had received offers from Italy and Spain, but turned them down to manage in the Premier League.
The 53-year-old was sacked by Chelsea midway through the last campaign in what proved to be a disastrous season for the London club. His availability alerted several clubs in Italy and Spain, who were desperate to sign the Portuguese boss, but when Manchester United came calling, the offer proved too good to turn down.
United themselves sacked Louis van Gaal for failing to qualify for the Champions League, despite them winning the FA Cup just a few days before his dismissal.
Mourinho was then chosen to succeed the much maligned Dutchman, and he believes the opportunity to continue managing in the best league in the world was not one he could consider turning down.
‘I had the opportunity to go to Italy or Spain as I had in the past but the Premier League is special,’ Jose told Spanish newspaper SPORT.
‘In some countries, the big clubs always want to be the best and leave the others behind, getting smaller.
‘In England, the opposite occurs. Here, they want all of the clubs in the league to be competitive.’
Mourinho has already won his first trophy at United, after the club won the Community Shield against Leicester City. However, he is determined to kick on from there and get United back to what they were so accustomed to under Sir Alex Ferguson – winning trophies.
‘Sometimes, I’m a little stupid in setting goals. The dumbest thing of all is perhaps wanting to win every game and every competition because it is impossible,’ he added.
‘What we are going to do is start by playing to win each time we are on the field and in the end, we will see where that takes us.’