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Jose Mourinho has opened the door to the possibility of one day returning to Chelsea after claiming he still enjoys a "great relationship" with the club's owner Roman Abramovich.

Mourinho, 49, spent over three years at Stamford Bridge between 2004-2007, guiding the club to its first league title in 50 years in his first season in charge.

Another league crown followed 12 months later while the Portuguese also masterminded two League Cup triumphs and an FA Cup success before he was axed just a month into the 2007-2008 campaign.

Mourinho's tenure ended amid talk of a falling-out with Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, who had reportedly grown disillusioned with the side's style under the Portuguese.

Mourinho, who famously proclaimed himself as the 'Special One' on his first day at Chelsea, would eventually go on to spend two-years with Internazionale, winning the treble in 2010, before becoming Real Madrid boss.

The 49-year-old has never hidden his desire to one day return to English football and has dropped his biggest hint yet that a return to West London could yet happen in the future by talking up his relationship with Abramovich.

"We are in touch a lot and the last example is Michael Essien, who was going to another club and when I [made a telephone call to say]: 'Please leave it to your friend', he left to his friend," he continued. "We have a great relationship, in fact."

If that wasn't enough, Mourinho has also spoken of his hope that when he does eventually return to the Premier League that old nemesis Sir Alex Ferguson is still in charge of Manchester United.

Mourinho has been heavily linked with the United job when Sir Alex decides to retire, but instead of eyeing up the Old Trafford hotseat the Portuguese is hoping to lock horns with the Scot again.

"I call [Sir Alex] the boss because he's the boss of the coaches and I hope that when I go back to English football he still manages Manchester United," he told CNN.

The two-time Champions League winner, who led FC Porto to success in 2004 and then with Inter six years later, remains committed for the time being at Madrid.

"I just say openly that for many reasons that after Real Madrid, Inter, Italy, Spain, Chelsea, England, Porto, Portugal, that after this project, the next step will be England for many reasons but when I don't know," he added.


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