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Mourinho: 'I Turned Down PSG Twice'

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho reveals that he twice turned down Paris Saint-Germain in the past and said he would only consider taking charge of the club in the future if he was fired by Blues owner Roman Abramovich. The Portuguese said he was currently “very happy” in his second stint in west London but he refused to rule out a move to the French capital if things went wrong at Stamford Bridge.

"I turned down Paris twice," Mourinho told TF1. "I think I can say I was the first option for [former sporting director] Leonardo. Before [current Real Madrid coach] Carlo Ancelotti? Yes. Before [current coach] Laurent Blanc? Yes. I really thought about it, but I was at Real Madrid the first time and the second time I returned to Chelsea." He added that he would consider moving to Paris only if Chelsea fired him, “but, otherwise, I am unmovable," he said. "I do not want to leave. Paris is not an option, and I will not get fired because results are good. I am now at a club I want to be at. But football is football. There will come a day when I'm told: 'Jose, it's over!' I understand that -- I am a man of football. I will respect that decision."

Mourinho, whose team eliminated PSG from the UEFA Champions League at the quarterfinal stage last season thanks to a last-gasp goal from former striker Demba Ba, believes Blanc’s men are good enough to win the competition this year. "The players have experience," he said. "They played a quarter-final last year. They won against Barcelona. I think they have all the conditions necessary -- but the Champions League is the Champions League." He added: "I think Paris is in good hands. Laurent is a good coach, and the president now knows football well. Leonardo left a fantastic basis for the club."

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