Jose Mourinho has hit back at claims he regrets taking the Tottenham manager’s job, saying: “I am really happy at the club”.
Mourinho appeared to be referring directly to comments made by Paul Merson, who suggested the Portuguese is currently thinking “What have I done coming here?”
Mourinho was named Spurs boss midway through this season after long-term manager Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by chairman Daniel Levy after five years.
Tottenham manager Mourinho told Sky Sports: “Contrary to some people who want to be in the news and tell things that are not true, I am really happy at the club.
“You know me quite well, enough to know that I am really happy. Difficult? Yes, but if it was not difficult it wouldn’t be for me.
“I like the players and who they are. I like very much the relationship I have with them. If you see a bad face from me it is because of a bad result. I cannot change myself.
“That’s just me. The reality is that I am happy and I look forward to what is coming, and even more for what is coming next season. I want to start working with them in July.”
Merson made his comments about the Spurs boss in his Daily Star column, in which he suggested the ‘grumpy Mourinho’ from Manchester United has returned.
“He looks like he’s thinking: ‘What have I done coming here?'” wrote former Arsenal star Merson. “You don’t see him high-fiving ball boys now do you?”