Jose Mourinho has spoken of his regret at not leaving Chelsea for one of Europe’s bigger clubs at the end of last season.
Mourinho left Chelsea last September, and has yet to return to management despite speculation linking him with a number of high-profile posts.
The Portuguese has revealed that he received an offer from a major European club at the end of the 2006-07 campaign, but turned them down – a decision he laments.
“I made a mistake not to leave Chelsea at the end of last season,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“I had an offer from one of the greatest clubs in Europe but I preferred to stay in London because I promised the fans that I won’t leave on my own initiative, and four months later I was fired.
“Now I understand that I probably shouldn’t have missed such an opportunity.”
Mourinho also revealed that he turned down an offer to manage England, explaining that he felt the proposal had come too early in his career.
“I had a very tempting offer [from England] but I rejected it,” he continued.
“Yes. Working with a national team isn’t interesting for me. I like training on a daily basis, games every week or even better three times a week.
“I’m not 60. I’m only 45. So it wasn’t the point that it was team England. Working for any national team would mean rejecting something much more interesting.”
Mourinho also insisted he feels no envy of Blues boss Avram Grant’s achievement of taking Chelsea to the Champions League final .
“I do not accept such feelings,” he said. “In my opinion only weak people, losers, have such feelings. So what if Chelsea win the Champions League? I won it too. So what if they win the Premier League or the cup? I won that too.
“Since I left the club I have never said a word about why. There are no problems between me and Roman Abramovich and our relations are completely clear. We keep in touch and we do not forget the time we worked together.”
He added on Portugoal.net: “I think Chelsea deserve to win the final.”