José Mourinho, the current Tottenham manager has said he is “desperate” for the return of Premier League action despite pressing concerns about the English top-flight’s restart plans.
Several league players including Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose have made it public with fears of resuming the season during the coronavirus crisis.
Some top-flight bosses have also expressed concerns about the plan to play from mid-June when they spoke during a League Managers Association meeting on Wednesday.
However, Mourinho said he would savour the chance to get back to work despite the challenges and risks posed by the virus.
“I have not asked for any delay,” Mourinho said in a statement on Thursday.
“I want to train, and I am desperate for the Premier League to return as soon as it is safe to do so, particularly now we are seeing other leagues preparing to return to action.”
In April, Mourinho was forced to apologise after being spotted breaking the lockdown directive to hold a training session with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele at a public park.
Other Tottenham players including Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko also had to say sorry after the pair flouted social-distancing guidelines to train together.
Despite those incidents, Mourinho expressed happiness with the way his squad have kept themselves fit during the lockdown.
“I am extremely proud of the way my players have maintained their fitness,” he said. “They have shown great professionalism, passion and dedication.
“We have all been working extremely hard through remote squad training sessions and isolated running now the pitches are available to use again at the training centre.
“Every player has been extremely committed in terms of their individual work and now we wait for clearance to commence working in small groups again, which I will fully support.”
Tottenham Hotspurs were sitting in the 8th position with 41 points before the lockdown was issued.