Jose Mourinho released a statement on Saturday declaring that he will not be taking a sabbatical after getting fired from Chelsea.
Mourinho, 52, has one of the best resumes in soccer, but he couldn’t get Chelsea back on track after guiding them to the Premier League title last season. The reigning champions are in 16th place in the league, leading to Mourinho getting the boot. Mourinho released a statement through his representatives Creative Artists Agency Sports and Polaris Sports.
“During his career, José has sometimes chosen to leave a club but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave,” said the statement. “He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn’t tired, he doesn’t need it, he is very positive and is already looking forward.
“Each time represents for him the end of a cycle and the opportunity to start a new one. José hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007.
“Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea Football Club because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years. He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club.
“Because of his love of football, you will see José at football grounds working and supporting friends. He will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future. José will remain living in London and hopes he and his family will be given the opportunity to do this privately. José will not speak about his current situation for the foreseeable future.”