JOSE MOURINHO: I will never coach Barcelona

Friday, April 30, 2010

JOSE MOURINHO has taunted Barcelona fans by claiming: I will never be your Special One.

After beating the Catalan giants 3-2 on aggregate in the Champions League semi-finals, Inter Milan chief Mourinho vowed he will never become Barca boss — because the fans now hate him.

Mourinho began his football career at Barcelona, first as Bobby Robson's translator at the Nou Camp in the early 1990s and later as Louis Van Gaal's assistant coach.

But — despite being linked with a move to Spain from Inter this summer — the Portuguese supremo now insists there will be no return to Catalonia after home supporters reacted furiously to his post-match celebrations in the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.

He said: "It is clear that I will end my career without having coached Barca. I'm not stupid enough to think that this hate can be turned into love.

"I respect Barca and and I'll never forget what the club gave me in the four years I was here, but something has been created around me that is hard to make positive."

Mourinho, 47, has faced Barcelona 10 times as manager of Chelsea and Inter, and has eliminated them twice from the Champions League.

He said: "If I never beat them, they wouldn't hate me."

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