Mourinho wants to rekindle love affair in England


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REAL Madrid manager Jose Mourinho dropped the biggest hint yet that he will manage in the Premier League next season by revealing he needs to be where he feels loved.

The former Chelsea manager suffered a third consecutive Champions League semi-final exit with Real last night, as goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos were not enough to overturn a 4-1 first-leg deficit.

Mourinho is expected to leave Real this summer and, with the Chelsea managerial job to be vacant when interim boss Rafael Benitez departs, a Stamford Bridge reunion is looking increasingly likely, with the 50-year-old admitting his future probably lies away from Spain.

“I love to be where people love me to be,” Mourinho said. “I know in England I am loved by the fans and the media treat me in a fair way. I know I am loved by some clubs – especially one. In Spain the situation is a bit different, some people hate me.”

There was, however, one Englishman who fell foul with Mourinho last night when referee Howard Webb failed to show Dortmund defender Mats Hummels a red card that would have ruled him out of the final.

“I’m very sad with one of my favourite referees in the world,” he added. “In that moment he was a human being, not a referee.”

Dortmund went closest to opening the scoring after half-time when striker Robert Lewandowski, Real’s tormentor in the first leg, blasted against the crossbar.

But the deadlock was finally broken with seven minutes to go when Benzema turned in Mesut Ozil’s low cross. And with two minutes to go Ramos fired through a crowd of players to set up a grandstand finish.