He told the News of the World: "When people in every section of the club from the cook in the kitchen to the security people and the ball boys. When they call you 'boss' it means such a lot.
"That's why one day I want to come back. Why not? I want to come back here very, very much. People love me and I love the people."
And Mourinho has even confided to friends: "I really think I'll be back if Roman Abramovich ever quits."