With rumours swirling that the English Premier League is divided on when to make a return possible, one manager who has spoken up is Jose Mourinho. Mourinho, managing Tottenham Hotspur, had to made clear that he wants the Premier League to return as soon as is possible. Reports had previously claimed that the Spurs coach was looking for players to get a minimum of one month of coaching and training before the games start again – something that would put a restart back by as much as six weeks.
However, Mourinho responded in kind to the claims, saying: “I don’t think my position in the meeting has been reflected fairly at all today in media reports. I have not asked for any delay,
“I want to train, and I am desperate for the Premier League to return as soon as it is safe to do so, particularly now we are seeing other leagues preparing to return to action.
“I am extremely proud of the way my players have maintained their fitness – they have shown great professionalism, passion and dedication.
“We have all been working extremely hard through remote squad training sessions and isolated running now the pitches are available to use again at the training centre.
“Every player has been extremely committed in terms of their individual work and now we wait for clearance to commence working in small groups again, which I will fully support.”
The statement, released through Spurs, looks to have brought an end to the rumour that Mourinho was against the restart.