Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he will adopt a calmer approach to management this season.
The Portuguese coach has rarely been out of the headlines since arriving at the club in the summer of 2004.
Highly publicised fall-outs with rival managers have been a hallmark of Mourinho’s tenure, with the likes of Arsene Wenger, Rafa Benitez and Sir Alex Ferguson, all being in the firing line at some point or another.
However, after three years in England, Mourinho is keen to take a more mellow approach during the forthcoming campaign.
“I want to be more mellow this year,” Mourinho told The Sun. “I am what I am but, at the same time, people use my personality to create something that is not true.
“It is normal if I am emotional or if I react to something that is not fair.
“But people have an image of me that’s incorrect and now I want it to be different.
“I won’t hug Arsene Wenger because he’s not a close friend. But he can say what he wants about us.
“He can complain about a lot of things as he did in the past. I’m not ready to react. I just want to do my work and concentrate on that.
“I look at our opponents because I need to know the way they play but I’m not interested in what they say.
“My relationships with other people will not change. My bottle of wine with Ferguson will still be a bottle of wine, my handshake with Wenger will still be a handshake.”
Mourinho also confirmed that he has no intention of leaving Chelsea.
“This is the first time I have started a fourth season with the same club and I feel great,” added Mourinho. “I am happy with what we’ve done.
“I am happy with the relationship I have with my players and with the people who work with me. It’s the best place to work so I am happy to be part of the Chelsea future. I didn’t want to move.
“I think I did a good job at Chelsea for three years but I want to do more.
“I am loved in Portugal but my life is better in London.
“The way people approach me is different. In London, you have more space. My life is a simple life.”