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Mourinho keen for lengthy Blues stay

Last Updated: Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:29

Jose Mourinho has spoken of his ambition to become Chelsea's longest serving manager of the Roman Abramovich era.

Mourinho already holds the record of the ten bosses employed by the Russian at Stamford Bridge, having lasted just over three years during his first spell at the club between June 2004 until September 2007.

His aim now is to bring stability to the west Londoners by seeing out his four-year contract by securing the on-going success that Abramovich so desires.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Manchester United, he said: "I have the record - three and a half years. I have to try and beat the record!

"The club is good - it is more mature and stable now. The club knows what it really wants. The basic thing is the club wants to win, but it also knows the direction it wants to go in.

"That's why I came back. Not just because I love Chelsea and want to be back, I came because I believe in the project.

"I'm here to do my best and to beat the record. I have a four-year contract, so hopefully I'll beat the record."

It has been suggested that Mourinho's style of management is more suited to an immediate impact following success in previous jobs with Inter Milan and Real Madrid, but the Portuguese chief is convinced he can make a difference over a long period of time as well.

He added: "I study and reflect a lot about my style of leadership when I'm at a certain club.

"If you want the best results immediately and for a couple of years, your leadership can be much more confrontational. It's a different way to educate your players.

"Having a relationship with players for a couple of years is different to educating players with the mentality that I will have them for six, seven or eight years.

"It's a different job for me at Chelsea this time. It's time to be different because of my own project of life.

"I have had my career project since the beginning. I wanted to work in Italy, Spain and England. I wanted to try to win the leagues in these big football countries.

"At this stage I don't have these ambitions. At this moment I know where I want to be, it's so simple."

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