May 09, 2015 11:02:56 UK
Jose Mourinho has said he will not be asking owner Roman Abramovich for a new and improved contract to stay with Premier League champions Chelsea.
Reports this week suggested the capital giants were considering offering the Portuguese coach an extended deal to stay at Stamford Bridge until 2019. The 52-year-old still has two years to run on his existing contract.
“I want to stay, I don’t want to leave. I’m not asking for a new or better contract. If the owner wants me to stay, I’m staying.”
Mourinho returned to Chelsea in the summer of 2013 for his second spell in charge of the west Londoners on a four-year deal and last Saturday clinched the club a fourth Premier League title thanks to a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace. In his first spell at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007, Mourinho won consecutive Premier League titles and succeeded this season with three games to spare.
The former Inter Milan and Real Madrid coach said he was relaxed about his future and was in no rush for talks with Abramovich.
“I don’t need a contract,” he told reporters in his pre-match briefing. “Mr Abramovich has to be, in my opinion, very calm. He has me.
“I want to stay, I don’t want to leave. I’m not asking for a new or better contract.
“If the owner wants me to stay, I’m staying.”
Chelsea host Liverpool on Sunday and Mourinho warned there will be no easing down from his title-winning players.
He said: “We want to win our matches, we have three difficult games. We don’t need to win but we want to try to win points.”
Mourinho still has fitness concerns over Diego Costa (hamstring), Ramires (illness) and Oscar (thigh).
Chelsea are currently priced 2.05 in the match betting. The draw outcome is quoted 3.50 and the visitors are available to back at 4.00 in the 90 minutes market.
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