I turned down PSG twice, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted Sunday to twice turning down becoming coach of Paris Saint-Germain.

I turned down PSG twice, says Jose Mourinho

Paris: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted Sunday to twice turning down becoming coach of Paris Saint-Germain.

"I knew PSG`s project before it was initiated," Mourinho said in an interview with TF1`s Telefoot programme.

"Because I think I can say it, I was the first option to go with Leonardo."

According to the Portuguese coach, PSG twice offered him the manager`s job in the French capital, the first before the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti in winter 2011, and then a second time when Ancelotti left to replace Mourinho himself at Real Madrid in summer 2013.

"I gave it a lot of thought, but I had Madrid the first time and a return to Chelsea the second time around," Mourinho said.

"I`m in a club where I want to be, but a day will come when Mr. Abramovich will say `Jose, it`s over`," he added when asked if there might be a chance of him joining PSG in the future.

"To be a champion with PSG is not a something of another world.

"To be a champion with England is fantastic for everybody because it`s very tough.

"But PSG have many qualities. Laurent Blanc is a good coach, the president knows his football very well and Leonardo laid a fantastic base.

"The players have experience, the club is there. They`ve made two (Champions League) quarter-finals, they beat Barcelona.

"I think that they have everything they need, but the Champions League is the Champions League," said the two-time winner of European club football`s highest honour.