Mourinho insists he will return to the Premier League

The current Real Madrid coach confesses his "love" for the English game's passion and believes there is no greater country to work in as a manager in world football
Jose Mourinho has insisted he will return to the Premier League in his career, hailing English football's "purity" and "passion" for the game.

The Real Madrid coach, who was speaking ahead of an event to mark the FA's 150th anniversary, has been linked with an exit from Santiago Bernabeu for much of the season, with los Blancos sitting 18 points behind runaway leaders Barcelona.

"My memories from English football could not be better," Mourinho told reporters. "There couldn't be a better place to go. In England you feel the real passion for the game.

"You also don't feel what we feel in almost every other country which is the passion for clubs. In England, it's not just about passion for clubs, it's mainly about passion for football - and you feel it.

"I loved it from the first to the last day. I don't regret my last day because after that I was lucky enough to enjoy Italy and to have and enjoy some success there and also in Spain, so I don't regret the day I left.

"But I know that one day I will come back because English football means a lot to myself.

"Of course, it's impossible, but I feel everybody involved in the game should experience English football because it's a special feeling. You really enjoy being a football professional there."

Mourinho also praised the FA Cup, a competition he won with Chelsea in 2007, believing the competition represents all that is good about the beautiful game.

He added: "I know what the English FA means to the world of football. I think they are most responsible for why football is what it is around the world. I know that the FA Cup was the first competition organised in the world of football in the 1870s.

"I know what I felt when I had to go up the Wembley stairs to get the FA Cup.

"But for me, the FA Cup represents the passion of football. It represents clean football. It represents the good smell of football.

"If you are in England and you play in England, you feel it. You feel everything. You feel the passion. You feel that it's clean, you feel proud to be in football - even in the worst moments.

"That's pure football. That's the football you play as a kid in the street transported through time and space into organised competition and into the real world of football."