The fiery Italian manager hopes to match his wits against the 'fantastic' Real Madrid boss next season, should the Portuguese move to Chelsea as has been reported
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And Di Canio would welcome Mourinho's return, and is already eagerly anticipating pitting his wits against the two-time Premier League winner.
"He is the 'Special One'. So it would be fantastic," the Black Cats' manager told reporters.
"A few years ago I used to give questions to him because I used to work in television and ask him questions about the game.
"So imagine myself with Sunderland and trying to go to Chelsea and win against them. It would be a fantastic moment for everybody, also for myself."
Sunderland's top-flight status remains in the balance, however, and they will be eager to pick up points in the race for survival against Stoke City on Monday night.