Jose Mourinho insists he is desperate to resume football despite suggestions he was leading the revolt against starting next month. It was claimed Tottenham boss Mourinho was among the managers who wanted more time for training before the season gets back underway with hopes of starting again on June 12 under threat.
But Mourinho insists he doesn’t want a delay and is raring to go.
Mourinho said: “I don’t think my position in the meeting has been reflected fairly at all in media reports. I have not asked for any delay.
“I want to train, and I am desperate for the Premier League to return as soon as it is safe to do so, particularly now we are seeing other leagues preparing to return to action.”
Mourinho also says he is proud of his club’s reaction to the pandemic.
He said: “I am extremely proud of the way my players have maintained their fitness – they have shown great professionalism, passion and dedication.
“We have all been working extremely hard through remote squad training sessions and isolated running now the pitches are available to use again at the training centre.
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“Every player has been extremely committed in terms of their individual work and now we wait for clearance to commence working in small groups again, which I will fully support.”
The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 but the clubs are in talks over when and how to restart after the government began to ease lockdown measures.
There have been meetings each day this week and they will continue until next Monday to discuss the options and issues with playing and training in the current climate.
Project Restart however does have some issues with problems over playing at neutral venues being raised by clubs. Players are also concerned about their safety and some don’t want to return until it is safe to do so.
Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose have been vocal this week and Brighton striker Glenn Murray thinks the Premier League should until things are safer.
“Football is certainly not a necessity,” he said on Sky Sports.
“It’s a game and it’s a sport. I can’t understand why after just loosening the lockdown we’re in such a rush to get it back.
“Can’t we wait a month and see what happens? Why can’t we wait to see what happens, rather than start an unnecessary sport when people are dying?”
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