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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes his assistant coach Rui Faria is ‘more than ready’ to manage a club at the highest level.  

Faria has been Mourinho’s No 2 for the best part of 20 years with the Portuguese duo finding success together during spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

And although Mourinho feels Faria is enjoying his current role too much to want to go it alone just yet, the Blues manager admits his right-hand man has the tools to become his ‘successor’.  

Jose Mourinho believes his assistant coach Rui Faria is 'more than ready' to manage a club on his own

Jose Mourinho believes his assistant coach Rui Faria is ‘more than ready’ to manage a club on his own

Faria (right) complains to the officials during Chelsea's 3-2 victory against West Brom last weekend

Faria (right) complains to the officials during Chelsea’s 3-2 victory against West Brom last weekend

Speaking in an interview with BT Sport, Mourinho said: ‘I don’t like the word disciples because I don’t want to put all of them in the same dimension. If one day I have to speak about disciples, the real one is the one who has been with me since 2000.

‘The one who has more potential than any other one. The one that if he wants to become a manager tomorrow, he’s more than ready to do it at the highest level. But he’s the one that simply is enjoying so much to be what he is.

‘If one day I have to choose my successor, if you want to use that word, the one that I really feel thinks like me, is adapted to my way of leading and way of coaching.

‘He is the one with more similarities with me, even with some traces of personality. It’s my assistant Rui Faria.

Mourinho sits alongside his assistants Aitor Karanka (left) and Faria during their time at Real Madrid

Mourinho sits alongside his assistants Aitor Karanka (left) and Faria during their time at Real Madrid

Mourinho feels Faria is enjoying his current role too much to want to go it alone just yet

Mourinho feels Faria is enjoying his current role too much to want to go it alone just yet

Faria, seen here shouting at the officials during a Chelsea game in 2014, is known for his fiery temper

Faria, seen here shouting at the officials during a Chelsea game in 2014, is known for his fiery temper

 

 

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