Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has this afternoon moved to point-blank deny claims that he regrets his decision to take over at the club late last year.
Mourinho’s return to the dugout was made official this past November.
On the back of their shock run to the Champions League final last season, Premier League giants Tottenham subsequently endured a nightmare opening to the current campaign.
The north Londoners notched just 3 wins from their opening 12 fixtures, a run which left them sitting in a lowly 14th in the Premier League table in mid-November.
Elsewhere, the Lilywhites were also ousted from the League Cup by League Two outfit Colchester, and fell to an absolutely embarrassing 7-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
As such, it came as little surprise when Spurs’ dismal form resulted in Mauricio Pochettino being relieved of his duties, with Mourinho’s subsequent appointment having been confirmed less than 24 hours later.
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‘Really happy at the club’
Portuguese tactician Mourinho has since enjoyed a largely-positive start to life in north London, having guided Tottenham up to 6th in the Premier League table, and within touching distance of a Champions League berth.
The capital outfit also put champions Manchester City to the sword by 2 goals to nil last weekend, before booking their spot in the 5th-round of the FA Cup with a hard-fought victory over Southampton.
As such, it came as something of a surprise when claims began to emerge in the English media, namely from Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, that Mourinho already regrets his decision to take over at Spurs:
“He looks like he’s thinking: ‘What have I done coming here?’ You don’t see him high-fiving ball boys now do you?”
Mourinho himself, though, has since moved swiftly to shut down any and all questions surrounding his current state of mind.
Speaking during an in-depth interview with Sky Sports, the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss was drawn on Merson’s comments, as well as question marks over his relationship with the Tottenham squad.
In response, Mourinho went on to explain:
‘Contrary to some people who want to be in the news and tell things that are not true – I am really happy at the club.’
‘You know me quite well, enough to know that I am really happy. Difficult? Yes, but if it was not difficult it wouldn’t be for me.’
‘I like the players and who they are. I like very much the relationship I have with them. If you see a bad face from me it is because of a bad result. I cannot change myself.’
‘That’s just me. The reality is that I am happy and I look forward to what is coming, and even more for what is coming next season. I want to start working with them in July.’