Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I'm Not on the Market, Jose Tells His Agent

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I'm Not on the Market, Jose Tells His Agent

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Byline: By Adrian Curtis

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has banned his agent from contacting other clubs as speculation over his future at Stamford Bridge refuses to go away.

The Portuguese boss was again linked with a summer switch to Real Madrid yesterday but he insists he is not a "liar" and wants to stay at Stamford Bridge at least until his contract expires in 2010.

Mourinho has told the Chelsea board he wants to remain in charge but so far there has been little to indicate that the hierarchy at the club will give him what he wants.

The Chelsea supremo has guided the club to within shouting distance of an unprecedented four-trophy haul and yet speculation persists that he will be axed by owner Roman Abramovich when the season ends.

Pressure on the Russian billionaire to make a statement about the manager's future is building and, while he remains silent, Mourinho underlined his desire to stay by banning adviser Jorge Mendes from hawking his name around Europe for another job.

Mourinho said: "What I have said 20 times at least is that I want to be here and I cannot do more than that.

"I am not a liar. I am honest. So when I say 200 times to my players, to my supporters, the board, to everybody, even the people who don't support Chelsea, that I want to stay at Chelsea, I want to honour my contract, I want to be here, I love the club, and I love English football, I can do no more that.

"I have forbidden my agent to speak with other clubs, I don't want my name to be linked with other jobs."

The Blues boss claims 13 other managers have been linked with his job, with Russia coach Guus Hiddink telling today's Football Focus on BBC1 that he speaks to Abramovich "but not about the Chelsea job". Mourinho openly admits such unease is not good for his players. He claims that his future, and that of two of his senior professionals, remain the subject of constant scrutiny, whereas his Premiership rivals get off lightly. …

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