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Jose Mourinho admits he's 'very happy' for Newcastle United

Jose Mourinho has commented on his love for Newcastle United in an interview with Sky Sports.

The Roma boss was asked about his future in Italy, as his first season in the capital comes to an end. He’s guided Roma to the Europa Conference League final, where they face Feyenoord on May 25th.

Mourinho confirmed that he’ll be staying with La Lupa, with two years left to run on his contract.

The special one was then asked about Newcastle United, who were described as ‘a big club that’s underachieving that’s got crazy, passionate fans in the Premier League’.

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Jose Mourinho comments on Newcastle and their new ‘stability’

The description produced a smile from Mourinho, who was quick to interrupt the interviewer.

“I can only say that yes it’s true that since Sir Bobby I learned what Newcastle is and how to like the club very much through Sir Bobby’s eyes and heart and I’m very happy they have found their stability,” Mourinho said.

“Eddie is doing good work with the club and the club gave the tools for a change in the January transfer market. I wish them the best.”

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Mourinho always speaks positively about the Magpies

It’s no great surprise to hear the 59-year-old speaking positively about Newcastle. His relationship with Sir Bobby Robson meant he developed a soft spot for the club.

Mourinho first met Robson in 1992 at Sporting, where the former worked as the latter’s translator. He would then follow Robson to Porto and Barcelona.

He’s always been respectful towards the Magpies, even branding himself a ‘little Magpie‘ in an interview in 2020.

But will he eventually manage Newcastle? It certainly feels possible following last year’s Saudi-backed takeover. The club now have ambitions that will match Mourinho’s, who is a manager that wants to compete for honours near the top of the table.

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He was tentatively linked with replacing Steve Bruce last year, but that was never likely. He was too high profile a name.

Instead we got Eddie Howe, who is doing brilliantly. Mourinho paid tribute to the Toon boss, who has taken Newcastle from relegation certainties to top half contenders.

But if Howe does leave St James’ Park at some point, you can guarantee Mourinho will be in the mix to replace him. Whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen.

For now, let’s be thankful for the exciting young manager we’ve got and the direction the club is going in.

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