Jose Mourinho says he is now “100 per cent Tottenham”, with there “no space” for any affinity with former clubs despite having previously enjoyed two memorable stints at Chelsea.
The Portuguese is set to be reunited with the Blues again on Sunday, with Spurs preparing to play host to Frank Lampard’s troops.
Much is being made of the coaching battle between two men who previously enjoyed so much success together, but Mourinho is looking to put emotion to one side.
For him, delivering in a new post is all that matters, with Tottenham having entrusted him with the task of pushing them back into the top four and securing long-awaited silverware.
Mourinho intends to prove that he remains one of the very best in the business when it comes to trophy collecting, with sentiment not about to get in the way when he is reunited with familiar faces.
“I am 100% Tottenham,” the 56-year-old told reporters when quizzed on his strong ties to Chelsea and what meetings with them mean to him.
“I am 100% my club always. No space at all for my previous clubs.
“I gave everything to all of them, but they are my previous clubs. My club is Tottenham so it’s so, so easy for me. Not difficult from the emotional side of things.”
Mourinho, who has revelled in his role as the self-anointed ‘Special One’ down the years, has also claimed that Tottenham are bigger than their rivals now that he is at the helm.
Glenn Hoddle has claimed that Spurs have risen above Chelsea, with the current boss in north London backing up that claim.
Mourinho said: “My club is always the best club in the world, the best, the biggest in the world. Always my club, always.”