Mourinho says he was PSG’s first choice manager, but turned them down twice

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Chelsea manager continues use the media to inflate his own image across the soccer world.

According to the always chirping Chelsea boss in an interview with French channel Téléfoot, he twice turned down the opportunity to become manager of Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

He was first approached in December of 2011, when the club had sacked Antoine Kombouare after Europa League and French League Cup exits, despite its position atop the Ligue 1 table.

Unfortunately for the Parisians, Mourinho was in the midst of a successful season at Real Madrid, so he said no. He went on to win the La Liga title that season in record-breaking fashion, while PSG hired Carlo Ancelotti.

According to the 51-year-old, he again turned down the Parisians in 2013 when Ancelotti was lined up to replace Mourinho at Real Madrid. That would have been an incredibly awkward switch though, as the two clubs would essentially have been swapping managers, and Mourinho was already heading to Chelsea. They instead went with Laurent Blanc who is still there today.

Mourinho went on to discuss other topics relevant to the French public, including praising central defender Raphael Varane yet again, and saying he believes PSG can win the Champions League sooner rather than later.

He also compared to Cristiano Ronaldo to Zinedine Zidane, saying to the French channel that Ronaldo “is like Zidane for you, there will not be any more like him.”