Jose Mourinho has released a statement to clarify his stance on the Premier League returning, as reports suggested he wanted to delay ‘Project Restart’ during the managers’ meeting on Wednesday.
Mourinho is said to have told his fellow managers who had concerns about returning to ‘stay home and watch the Bundesliga’ and he reportedly requested at least four weeks of training to get his squad up to speed.
The Premier League hope for players to return to small-group training on May 18, then restart the season with games from June 12, but it is suggested Mourinho wanted an extra week of training.
In a statement released by Tottenham, Mourinho revealed he is ‘desperate’ for the season to return and doesn’t like the way he’s been portrayed.
“I don’t think my position in the meeting has been reflected fairly at all today in media reports. I have not asked for any delay,” Mourinho said. “I want to train, and I am desperate for the Premier League to return as soon as it is safe to do so, particularly now we are seeing other leagues preparing to return to action. I am extremely proud of the way my players have maintained their fitness – they have shown great professionalism, passion and dedication.
“We have all been working extremely hard through remote squad training sessions and isolated running now the pitches are available to use again at the training centre. Every player has been extremely committed in terms of their individual work and now we wait for clearance to commence working in small groups again, which I will fully support.”
Mourinho is a bit of a rascal. Always has been, always will be.
Tottenham have more to gain than others from an extended delay because they can get Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Steven Bergwijn an extra week of training and back to as close to full fitness as possible.