Jose Mourinho 'will not be taking a sabbatical' after Chelsea exit

Jose Mourinho has released a statement through his Los Angeles based agents CAA insisting that he will not be taking any time off from the game after leaving Chelsea by mutual consent on Thursday.

Seven months after he won the Premier League title, Mourinho led Chelsea to just 15 points from their first 16 league games and 16th place in the table. Losing 1-0 to newly promoted Bournemouth two weeks ago and 2-1 to table-topping Leicester on Monday night led the club toward intense discussions over Mourinho's position and he left his job last week.

However, the Portuguese has now broken his silence on his departure, claiming that wants to return to the game immediately.

"Jose Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea football club because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years," a statement by a CAA spokesman read.

"He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea, and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club.

"During his career, Jose has sometimes chosen to leave a club, but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave. Each time represents for him the end of a cycle, and the opportunity to start a new one. Jose hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007.

"He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn't tired, he doesn't need it, he is very positive, and is already looking forward. Because of his love of football, you will see Jose at football grounds working and supporting friends. He will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future.

"Jose will remain living in London and hopes he and his family will be given the opportunity to do this privately. Jose will not speak about his current situation for the foreseeable future. He asks the media to respect this decision."