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Mourinho: I plan to stay

April 24, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has moved to quash rumours of a move back to the Premier League by insisting he plans to stay at the club next season.

Jose Mourinho: Unfinished business
GettyImagesJose Mourinho: Unfinished business

Chelsea and Manchester City are both reported to be interested in bringing him back to England, but for now Mourinho is only concerned with long-term success at the Bernabeu.

"At the moment my future is not important, but I think I will be here next season,'' he said. "I have a contract and once we arrive at the end of the season I will have time to speak with the players and the directors and we will decide what is best for me, for the club and for the squad.

"It is better to stay at a club for four or five years.''

Mourinho's Real entertain Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday evening, looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg at the Allianz Arena.

He claimed he's had little of fortune in previous matches at the semi-final stage after twice losing to Liverpool when at Chelsea, and again to arch rivals Barcelona last season - a defeat he blamed on a UEFA conspiracy.

"Overall I have not been lucky in semi-finals of the Champions League,'' he said. "I lost one with Chelsea (2005) due to a goal that wasn't a goal, the ball didn't cross the line. Another season (2007) we lost on penalties and when you lose a semi-final on penalties it is due to bad luck and I lost the semi-final last season because of what everyone knows.''

The Portuguese admits he also has more interest than usual in the other semi-final due to Chelsea's involvement. He said: "If it were Barcelona against Milan or Arsenal or any other team then it wouldn't matter to me who progressed, I would want the best team to win, but because it is Chelsea I feel slightly different. I would like it if the luck went to my old players.''

Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Fabio Coentrao and Gonzalo Higuain are all one booking away from missing the final through suspension, and Mourinho added: "The important thing is that Madrid are in the final. I would sign now for me to not be in Munich (where the final is being staged) and stay back in my house if it means the team reaches the final.

"I hope that the referee is sensible enough to not show yellow cards that can be avoided.

"The final of the Champions League is the most important thing in football. Tomorrow is almost like a long-awaited final, but I see calmness in the players. I don't like an excess of emotion, nor a lack of it.''