Jose Mourinho claims he would not leave Tottenham for any club in world

Jose Mourinho would not leave his new club Tottenham for any team in the world, according to the Portuguese manager.

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United coach was appointed at the north London club last Wednesday, after predecessor Mauricio Pochettino was sacked the previous evening.

The once self-anointed ‘Special One’ has won both his games in charge of Spurs, beating West Ham 3-2 before seeing his side defeat Olympiacos in a 4-2 comeback victory.

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And Mourinho, who has shown glimpses of his humble side in his opening days at Tottenham, now believes his new club is the best a manager can get.

It is particularly pertinent after fierce rivals Arsenal sacked Unai Emery - amid a raft of speculation in previous weeks that the Gunners were keen on Mourinho.

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But the 56-year-old said: “I’m so happy here that I couldn’t even think about the possibility to go to another place. You can put now in front of me any club in the world, I would not move.

“The facilities in this one are the best I’ve ever seen and I’ve been in big clubs. It’s not like I arrive here from small clubs and think: ‘Wow.’”

“It’s not like I’ve been in bad conditions but here it’s fantastic. The stadium is brand new and is the best stadium in the world.

“You know how much I like the Premier League, that’s the first point. You go back to Porto, my first opportunity to leave my country I had lots of options. It was England.

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Jose Mourinho has been left delighted by the facilities on offer in north London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Jose Mourinho has been left delighted by the facilities on offer in north London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

“I was in Real Madrid, probably the dream club for the majority of us. I left Real Madrid to come to the Premier League.”

The words come as no small praise from Mourinho, who has also managed Porto, Inter Milan and Benfica in a glittering career.

He added: "Now, I stayed in the Premier League which I always say is my natural habitat. So many years I like it a lot. So that is a point.

Wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon helped fire Fulham to the Premier League, but suffered relegation in West London before joining Spurs. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)
Wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon helped fire Fulham to the Premier League, but suffered relegation in West London before joining Spurs. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mourinho, who watched him play several times at Fulham, believes Sessegnon shares similarities with former great Ashley Cole. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Mourinho, who watched him play several times at Fulham, believes Sessegnon shares similarities with former great Ashley Cole. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“The second point is this club. You know what the club is showing me.

"The vision they have for the future and everything they are as a club in terms of structure organisation, feelings, a big club but with a concept of a family, working together with people.”

The appointment of Mourinho led to concerns from some quarters that youngsters at the club would not be developed as well as under Pochettino.

It also raised question marks over the future of £25million summer signing Ryan Sessegnon, who joined the club following Fulham’s relegation.

Despite the 19-year-old being left out of Spurs’ opening two games under Mourinho, he insists he is a big fan of the youngster - even comparing him to former Premier League star Ashley Cole.

“I think Ryan is absolutely fantastic, I have known him since a kid in Fulham,” Mourinho added. "When he comes to the first team in the Premier League it is different to the Championship.

“I think Ryan can play as a left-back. probably the left-back in the last decade was Ashley Cole, in spite of him being from two enemy clubs, but he was fantastic.

“But Ryan has lots of similarities with Ashley, and he can learn how to defend.”

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