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Mourinho: I hope Sir Alex Ferguson is still at Manchester United when I return to England

Mourinho: I hope Sir Alex Ferguson is still at Manchester United when I return to England / Shinichiro Ema

The Real Madrid boss wants to return to the Premier League to face the Scot once again, and also spoke to CNN of his "great relationship" with former employer Roman Abramovich.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho hopes that Sir Alex Ferguson is still in charge at Manchester United when he eventually makes a return to the Premier League, he revealed in an interview with CNN.

The 49-year-old coach has insisted the next step in his career will be to make a return to English football, where he won two Premier League titles with Chelsea. Despite speculation linking him with the United job when Sir Alex retires, though, the Portuguese refused to delve into who he believes his future employers will be.

"I call [Sir Alex] the boss, because he's the boss of the coaches, and I hope that when I go back to English football he still manages Manchester United," Mourinho said. "I don't think about [the future], especially as I have a four-year contract with Real, I signed it, and when I signed it, I signed it because I wanted to be at Real Madrid at this period of my career, and I don't think of another club."

The two-time Champions League winner remained coy, however, on when he would be leaving the reigning Liga champions.

"I just say openly that for many reasons that after Real Madrid, Inter, Italy, Spain, Chelsea, England, Porto, Portugal, that after this project, the next step will be England for many reasons, but when, I don't know," Mourinho said.

And Mourinho further stoked speculation about a possible return to former club Chelsea by declaring that he still enjoys a "great relationship" with owner Roman Abramovich, despite the Russian sacking him in 2007.

"We are in touch a lot, and the last example is Michael Essien, who was going to another club and when I [made a telephone call to say]: 'Please leave it to your friend', he left to his friend," he said. "We have a great relationship, in fact."

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