By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Jose Mourinho has revealed he will continue working and has no plans for a sabbatical after being sacked by Chelsea.
The Portuguese released a statement on Saturday morning, hours before managerless Chelsea return to action against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.
Despite Chelsea’s claims that his departure on Thursday was by mutual consent, Mourinho made it clear via his agents CAA Sports that the Londoners are the only club he has managed that have sacked him.
As he enters his first break from management for seven years, the 52-year-old also denied that he needed an extended period of recuperation.
“He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn’t tired, he doesn’t need it,” the CAA statement reads. “He is very positive, and is already looking forward.
“Because of his love of football, you will see Jose at football grounds working and supporting friends. He will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future.
Jose will remain living in London and hopes he and his family will be given the opportunity to do this privately.”
Mourinho, who has previously stated his intention to stay in the Premier League, is settled with his family in London.
His son Jose Jnr plays for Fulham Under-16s and his wife and daughter are both happy in the capital.
For the visit of Sunderland on Saturday afternoon, Chelsea fans have prepared banners to be displayed around Stamford Bridge in support of Mourinho – and his name is expected to be sung on what is likely to be an emotional afternoon in west London.
“Jose Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea Football Club because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years,” the statement added.
“He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea, and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club.”