Jose Mourinho says Tottenham are the only club he doesn't have feelings for after managing
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Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at Tottenham Hotspur by revealing they are the only club he doesn't have a close bond with.
Mourinho has had nine different managerial jobs in his glittering coaching career, including three in England and Portugal, two in Italy and Portugal and one in Spain.
He's currently enjoying his time at Roma, who he has guided to back-to-back European finals. Roma are in the Europa League final against Sevilla on 31 May, having won the Europa Conference League by beating Feyenoord last term and Mourinho becoming a triple crown champion as a result.
But in a recent press conference, the former Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United boss made it clear that he doesn't think too fondly of Spurs.
Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs and was in charge of 17 months before being dismissed just before the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City in 2021.
Ryan Mason took charge on an interim basis and it meant Mourinho had left a club without winning a major trophy for the first time in his career.
And the Portuguese manager has admitted he does not have a strong connection with Spurs largely because no fans were in attendance during his spell in charge.
"I have established a great bond with all the clubs I have coached," Mourinho said, as per Gianluca Di Marzio.
"They make fun of me when I say I am a fan of Real, Inter and Roma.
"When I leave the Giallorossi it will be tough. The only team I don't have this relationship with is Tottenham.
"I hope that my words will not be misinterpreted by Tottenham fans but that is the only club with which I do not have a close bond.
"Probably because the stadium was empty at the time of Covid and because President Levy did not let me play the final and win the trophy.
“People aren’t stupid, they understand that I give everything, it’s not a question of winning titles or not, but the fans perceive if I fight for them every day.”
Spurs have had two permanent managers since Mourinho in Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte but now have Mason taking charge temporarily once again.
They are on the hunt for their next coach but have been dealt a major blow as Arne Slot ruled himself out of the running.