‘I’m really happy’ – Mourinho sets record straight after Paul Merson’s jibe

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has rejected Paul Merson’s suggestion that the Portuguese coach regrets his decision to take the Tottenham job.

Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as the Spurs boss last November and results improved considerably in his first few games in charge.

However, performances and results have started to drop off in recent weeks which has in turn seen the Spurs players and Mourinho come under some criticism.

Merson suggested in his column for the Daily Star last week that the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss doesn’t want to be at the club and the Spurs stars don’t look like they want to play for him.

He also asserted that Tottenham had not improved since Mourinho arrived and that they are unlikely to finish in the top four this season.

Responding to Merson’s suggestion, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “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 57-year-old revealed that he is particularly excited about the start of next season and can’t wait to work with his players during the preseason.

He added, “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.

“I want to have a preseason, I want to have friendly matches and I want to try to evolve the team in areas that we cannot work on now. So, I’m so happy with my decision to come to Tottenham.”

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Merson’s words have little basis in reality as despite having key players injured, Tottenham have certainly improved since Mourinho’s arrival. Additionally, the 57-year-old looks calmer and happier than he has done in any of his previous jobs, which certainly seems to suggest that he is pleased to be at the club.

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