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Jose Mourinho breaks silence on new job as Chelsea return verdict clear

Jose Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho has expressed his desire to join Fenerbahce, following the Turkish club's announcement that negotiations are in progress.

Mourinho had been tentatively linked with a Chelsea return upon the dismissal of Mauricio Pochettino last month, but it seems as though that possibility is truly dead in the water, with Enzo Maresca poised to take charge. Mourinho has been jobless since his dismissal from Roma in January due to a series of disappointing performances.

He hasn't secured a new role since departing Stadio Olimpico, but it seems he's on the brink of a return to the touchline. Despite only losing one match last season and finishing second in the Turkish Super Lig, Fenerbahce are making a determined effort to secure Mourinho's services.

The club last clinched the league title in 2014, and six draws throughout the season saw them fall short to Galatasaray once more. Fenerbahce have now revealed they're turning to Mourinho to break this unfortunate streak.

"Our company has started negotiations with Jose Mario Dos Santos Mourinho Felix for the post of Football A team coach. It is announced with respect to our investors," the club declared in a statement to the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP).

It's believed that Mourinho will ink a two-year contract with the Turkish outfit, keeping him at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium until summer 2026. The Portuguese manager has finally spoken out about his potential move, confirming his interest in heading to Istanbul.

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"I decided I want to go but it is not done yet. I cannot confirm officially, but yes I want to go. Hard, because we have three rounds to go in [Champions League qualification]," he disclosed to Sky Sports ahead of Saturday's Champions League final.

"In Fenerbahce's case, eight players are in the Euros. They are not coming for pre-season before the first round so its hard. But if I go, you know I like challenges, so if I go you know we will fight hard to be in the Champions League."

Fenerbahce's only significant triumph over the last decade was their Turkish Cup win in 2023, with the club even reaching the qualifying stages of the Champions League. The team now welcomes one of football's most honoured managers.

Champions League victories with both Porto and Inter Milan, three Premier League crowns across two Chelsea stints, a La Liga title with Real Madrid, and ending Roma's drought of silverware by guiding them to the Europa Conference League trophy in his debut season, form part of Mourinho's illustrious managerial career.

Roma achieved sixth place during both of Mourinho's full seasons at the helm. Nevertheless, he was let go in January while the club stood ninth in Serie A, a decision not lightly taken by the renowned manager.

Mourinho lamented to Football.com: "I was 'eliminated' by someone who knows little about football. That's life, full of ups and downs, and I'm growing, despite the unexpected and unfair dismissal. But I will return, with even more enthusiasm and confidence, for these UEFA matches."