Jose Mourinho has admitted that he still wants to be managing at the top level into his seventies and that he sees no end in sight for his career at the moment.
Mourinho has been managing at the top level for the past two decades, during which time he has won numerous trophies across different leagues.
Even if the 57-year-old were to retire at the end of this season, he would still go down as one of the most decorated managers in the history of the game.
However, the Tottenham boss claimed that he sees himself going for another decade and a half as he believes he can continue to learn and get better.
Mourinho told The Sun: “There is a difference between success and a successful career.
“I always believe that there is a huge difference. Success is a moment. Success can be related with your talent, but can be just the fact you are in a certain place in the right moment, in the right time.
“Another thing is a successful career, which is based on year after year after year, I always wanted that kind of career. It’s part of my DNA.
“I know that people probably don’t think this about myself but I consider myself a very humble person, I always try to learn, I always try to be better and this is a kind of job where experience only can make us better.
“I really believe today I’m much better than I was 10 or 20 years ago.”
The Spurs boss reiterated the fact that he loves what he does and that he considers it a privilege to be working in football.
He indicated that he is just as motivated to succeed as he was when he started out in the game.
The Portuguese coach added: “If I love what I do, if I feel fresh, it’s motivation, it’s part of my DNA, if I change probably a little bit of my profile – and at this moment I think much more about others than myself – I always like to take players into a different dimension.
“I’m a 57-year-old, very young in relation to my job, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I have 10 to 15 years ahead of me.
“I just try to enjoy my life and to enjoy my life is also to have the privilege of a job which is a passion, a hobby if you want, a full-time hobby.
“It’s my world, the world where I was born, it’s the world that I belong to.
“Everybody saying my career is long, which is true, but I don’t see the end.
“I feel exactly the same passion, the same desire to learn every day. I think it’s just a pleasure.
“My white hair for sure has nothing to do with a stressful job!”
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This must be music to Spurs fans’ ears, not because Jose is likely to stick around at Tottenham for a long time, but rather because it indicates that he is certainly not short of motivation to achieve success in the game. Mourinho very much looked like a man who was tired of the immense scrutiny he was under towards the end of his time at Manchester United. However, he looks like a man reborn at Spurs and seems to be much less confrontational and more composed. Perhaps that is an indication that he could potentially stay at Spurs longer than he has at other clubs in the past.