Real Madrid coach José Mourinho has added fuel to the speculation about his future at the Santiago Bernabéu by promising that he will return to manage in the Premier League "one day" because English football "means a lot" to him.
In a video message produced by the Football Association (FA) to commemorate its 150th anniversary, the Portuguese coach, who managed Chelsea between 2004-2007 admitted "there couldn't be a better place to go" than England, where "you feel the real passion for the game".
"My memories from English football could not be better," said Mourinho.
"It was my first experience outside of Portugal - I was still a very young coach when I left Portugal to go to England.
"But 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."
Mourinho also had special praise for the FA Cup, a competition he won with Chelsea in 2007, the last of five major trophies he won in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge.
"I know the history of football. 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."