LONDON (REUTERS) - Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, whose position has come under scrutiny this season with the Spanish football giants faltering, says England is the best place to be a coach and that he will return one day.
The Portuguese guided Chelsea to back-to-back Premier League trophies in 2005 and 2006, the London club's first top-flight titles since 1955, and his love for the English game has not diminished despite his sour exit in 2007.
"I was still a very young coach when I left Portugal to go to England. There couldn't be a better place to go," he said at a League Managers Association conference at England's hi-tech training complex on Monday.
"In England, you feel the real passion for the game. I know that one day, I will come back because English football means a lot to me."
The 49-year-old made his name when he took Porto to the 2004 Champions League title.
Following his Chelsea days, he won the Champions League again with Inter Milan in 2010, as well as the Italian Serie A title and Italian Cup for a rare treble, before he moved to Spain where he clinched the league in his second season.
However, almost two-thirds of Real's members believe Mourinho has a negative impact on the club according to a survey published last week and, with the champions 18 points behind Barcelona in the Primera Liga, speculation is rife about his future.
He has been linked with jobs in France, at Paris St Germain, and in England, to replace long-time United boss Alex Ferguson.