Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has responded to claims that he has become “grumpy” in North London by insisting that he remains excited by his latest project.
Paul Merson wrote in a Daily Star column that the Portuguese manager looked like he had begun to regret taking up the Spurs job.
Merson wrote: “He’s gone back to being Grumpy Mourinho again. And I don’t see how he’s improved them at all. Not one bit.
“He looks like he’s thinking: ‘What have I done coming here?’ You don’t see him high-fiving ball boys now do you?”
Speaking to Sky Sports, however, Mourinho set the record straight.
He said: “Contrary to some people who want to be in the news and tell things that are not true – I am really happy at the club.
“You know me quite well, enough to know that I am really happy. Difficult? Yes, but if it was not difficult it wouldn’t be for me.
“I like the players and who they are. I like very much the relationship I have with them.
“If you see a bad face from me it is because of a bad result. I cannot change myself.
“That’s just me. The reality is that I am happy and I look forward to what is coming, and even more for what is coming next season.
“I want to start working with them in July.”
Having been off the pace under former boss Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs are now four points outside the top four and into the fifth round of the FA Cup.
However, the North Londoners were unconvincing in their latest matches – the 2-0 win over Manchester City and the 3-2 defeat of Southampton.
Mourinho‘s men are enjoying time off as part of the Premier League’s winter break and are back in action this weekend against Aston Villa.
Indeed, Mourinho used part of his time off to travel to Germany to attend the top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.
It is believed he was there to study Leipzig, who face Spurs in the last 16 of the Champions League next Wednesday.
However, the Daily Mirror also says that Mourinho may have been watching Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, whose £50m release clause has alerted Europe’s top clubs.