Jose Mourinho saved teammate from burning car during 1980s playing days as Tottenham boss is hailed ‘hero’ – The Sun

JOSE MOURINHO once saved a teammate's life by pulling him from a burning car.

The Special One was 23 at the time and was called a hero after pulling Portuguese striker De away from flames engulfing the vehicle.

The heroic revelation came in a new book 'Mourinho: Behind the Special One, from the origin to the glory' by French journalist Nicolas Vilas.

Mourinho, now 57, was playing for Portuguese club Comercio e Industria in his homeland in 1986 when the incident occurred.

De had arrived at training when his car inexplicably burst into flames as he parked in the stadium car park.

Tottenham boss Mourinho is said to have rushed to the motor to pull his teammate away before the flames could get him.

De said: "He saved my life."

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While club president at the time Fernando Lage added: "He was heroic."

The book also details how Mourinho said yes to Liverpool before joining Chelsea in 2004.

His former adviser Jorge Baidek said: "Mourinho should have gone to Liverpool.

"Rick Parry [then chief executive] was in charge of transfers and we had an agreement.

"They asked us to wait for 15 days as Houllier was still the Reds' manager."

Mourinho played for Portuguese sides Rio Ave, Belenenses, Sesimbra from 1980-85 before before his two year stint at Comercio who he left in 1987.

After he stopped playing, Mourinho went on to become one of the greatest football managers of the modern age.

He took charge of Porto between 2002 and 2004 before moving on to have two spells at Chelsea and also manage Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United and now Tottenham

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