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Mourinho Wins Writers Award

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has won the Football Writers' Association Tribute Award and was quick to pay tribute to his family at Chelsea.

Mourinho led Chelsea to successive Premier League titles during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, repeating his success at Inter Milan, where he won the Champions League for a second time, and Real Madrid before returning for a second spell at Stamford Bridge at the start of this season.

Mourinho accepted the award at London's Savoy Hotel on Sunday night after beating Manchester United earlier in the day, and the Portuguese coach hopes to remain at Chelsea for many years to come.

“Without love and happiness, I could not do my job,” said Mourinho.

“My assistant coaches are like my brothers, Frank (Lampard) represents my players, without whom I have no career, and Mr (Louis) van Gaal, Mr (Bobby) Robson, my bosses.”

“The best thing football gave me was to make a decision about my future.

“Some managers go where they have to go, where the club comes, and sometimes it is not the best move, not what they want to do, but they go.

“I sat down with my wife and family, and said 'where is the best place for us? Where can we be happier as a family? To be happy as a manager and enjoy more the family and life socially?'

“We decided England, after that, for the situation to be perfect it would be Chelsea and I was lucky because the door was open for me.”

“The principles you have in relation to football and life are absolutely amazing.

“I love this Chelsea Football Club, which has been the only club to have ever sacked me, we as a family belong to you (in) England.

“I belong to Chelsea, Chelsea belongs to me, and hopefully we will stay for many, many years.”

In Chelsea team news, Mourinho added that Demba Ba will not be leaving the club, despite rumours suggesting otherwise.

Mourinho said Demba Ba will be staying at the club due to the knee injury suffered by striker Fernando Torres in the win over United.

“Now we lose Fernando for a few weeks with something in his lateral ligament [in his knee] and that is why we have Demba in the squad," said Mourinho.

“We decided not to open the door to him [to leave] because he is a good player and we need him.

“The next few weeks is Demba and Samuel and I hope they do well for us.”

“It's time for Demba. It's a pity because Torres is in a good moment, but it's time for Demba.”

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