Jose Mourinho hints at Premier League return in FA tribute

Real Madrid manager continues to claim he will return to England to manage

Jose Mourinho has recorded a special tribute for the Football Association's 150th anniversary traditions, pledging again that he will come back to the Premier League one day to manage an English team.

Mourinho, 49, is in England for a League Managers' Association seminar at St George's Park but is unable to attend the FA's celebrations at Wembley on Wednesday because he is back in Spain for Real Madrid's Copa del Rey quarter-final against Valencia tonight. In his tribute, he pays a glowing compliment to English football.

Mourinho's side are currently third and 18 points off leaders Barcelona with the form of Real Madrid this season prompting more suggestions that this will be his last season at the club. Mourinho said: "In England you feel the real passion for the game. You also don't feel what we feel in almost every other country which is the passion for clubs. In England, it's not just about passion for clubs, it's mainly about passion for football – and you feel it.

"So, my memories are great. I loved it from the first to the last day. I don't regret my last day because after that I was lucky enough to enjoy Italy and to have and enjoy some success there and also in Spain, so I don't regret the day I left. But I know that one day I will come back because English football means a lot to myself."

As part of the FA's celebrations, the governing body has confirmed that Pele will be the guest of honour at the inaugural England awards night on 3 February, at which, among others prizes, the national team's player of the year will be honoured. The ceremony at St George's Park will take place three days before England play Brazil at Wembley, a further part of the 150th anniversary celebrations.

Tomorrow, a number of high-profile figures from English football will attend to mark the beginning of the celebrations, although on this occasion it is understood that David Beckham is unable to be there. The FA has selected foreign as well as English players who have played a major role in the life of the English game, especially the FA Cup.

Mourinho who won the competition with Chelsea in 2007, said: "I know the history of football. I know what the English FA means to the world of football. I know that the FA Cup was the first competition organised in the world of football in the 1870s. I know what I felt when I had to go up the Wembley stairs to get the FA Cup. But for me, the FA Cup represents the passion of football. It represents clean football. It represents the good smell of football. If you play in England, you feel it. You feel the passion.

"You feel that it's clean, you feel proud to be in football – even in the worst moments. That's pure football. That's the football you play as a kid in the street transported through time and space into organised competition and into the real world of football."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower