Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea for the first time as Manchester United boss on Sunday, saying he will always respect Chelsea but that now he is “100 percent" Man Utd.
The former Chelsea manager also talked up his achievements at Stamford Bridge, adding that even the title the Blues won when he was not at the club was the result of the team that he “left behind.”
“There is one thing that Chelsea fans can be sure of now: I am Manchester United 100%,” said the charismatic Portuguese.
“I want to win with United and make them the best but I will always be respectful to Chelsea and it doesn’t matter what happens, I will never lose that feeling of respect towards the club.
“I have loved every club that I have worked for. I have this professional heart that makes me connect 101% with my club. …… I gave my life to Chelsea. Now I give my life to United. That is my professional nature.”
Talking about his past with the London club, Mourinho said, “Chelsea have won four Premier League titles in their history. Three of them were won with me and the other one was won by the team I left behind. I took them to Wembley, I took them to Cardiff, I took them to cup finals. So there is a connection based on empathy – but built on success.”
“In the end, when my last two or three months at the club were a period of bad results, the fans kept that empathy and remembered our relationship. That is something I don’t forget. And that is something I will always be grateful about because, with me, they have always behaved in a fantastic way.”