Jose Mourinho has said the only team he’s managed that he doesn’t have a connection with is Tottenham, the ‘Mr. Levy club’.
The Roma boss made a clear dig at his former employer, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, saying he didn’t let him win a trophy in his brief stint in north London.
The two-time Champions League winner has had an iconic career across England, Portugal, Spain and Italy, with memorable stints at Chelsea, Real Madrid, Porto and Inter Milan.
His previous job at Spurs was the least memorable of the lot, though, spending 18 months at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium without a trophy to show for it.
He was close to ending the team’s trophy drought since 2008 by taking them to a Carabao Cup final, but was sacked by chairman Daniel Levy less than a week before the showpiece at Wembley against Manchester City in 2021 – a match Spurs went on to lose with the inexperienced Ryan Mason as interim boss.
And Mourinho was still annoyed about it when he was asked at a press conference about his connection with current side Roma.
“The reality is, and I hope the Tottenham fans don’t get me wrong, but the only club in my career where I don’t still have a deep feeling is Tottenham,” he explained.
“Probably because the stadium was empty in COVID times, probably because Mr. Levy didn’t let me win a final and win a trophy, but it’s the only one.
“After that, Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid, Manchester United, all the clubs I feel a connection with.”
The Portuguese added: “People might say ‘you cannot love every club’ but yes I love every club because I always felt it the other way around, that they love me.
“With Roma, one day it will be hard [to leave], but we will be connected, like I am with all my other clubs, apart from Mr. Levy club.”
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