Real Reason I Chose Fenerbahce, Mourinho Opens Up

Portuguese International, Jose Mourinho has opened up on why he opted to join Fenerbahce despite receiving offers from several Big European clubs. 

The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss was officially unveiled on Sunday in front of thousands of ecstatic supporters.

Mourinho has signed what is understood to be a two-year deal with the Turkish club.

According to him, “Since the moment I met with President Ali Koc I wanted to play for you because in the end you are the soul of the football club.

“Since the moment I met him and understood his ideas, his project I wanted to play for you. I wanted to be the coach of all of you.

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“I want to work for Turkish football, I want to work for the Turkish league. I want to help to improve [it] but the most important thing for me is not Turkish football, it’s not the Turkish league, it’s Fenerbahce.”

The two-time Champions League-winning boss, who was sacked by Roma in January, is reported to have signed a two-year deal.

And in his first season he guided Roma to the inaugural Conference League, a triumph which brought Mourinho to tears on the pitch and made him an almost God-like figure to one Europe’s most passionate and success-starved fan bases.

He then came to within a penalty shootout of winning back-to-back European finals, Roma falling at the last hurdle against Sevilla in last season’s Europa League.

While there he told reporters about the difficulty Fenerbahce face in trying to qualify for next season’s competition.

“(It is) hard because we have three rounds of qualifying and in Fenerbahce’s case, eight players are at the Euros and they are not coming for pre-season before the first round,” he said.

“If I go, you know that I like challenges so we are going to fight to be in the Champions League.”

Africa Today News, New York

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