Jose Mourinho underwent surgery on a long-standing elbow problem on Monday – but Chelsea insist he will be back at work today.
The Chelsea boss, who on Sunday watched his Blues side beat Manchester United, travelled to Paris for “a minor arthroscopic procedure”, the club confirmed.
Sunday night he headed to the Football Writers’ Association awards at the Savoy Hotel in London with his wife and children, where he was presented with a Tribute Award.
And after being presented with the award, he paid tribute to those he works with at Stamford Bridge – saying his assistant coaches are like family.
He said: “Without love and happiness, I could not do my job.
“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.”
And he added that moving to England was something he and his family wanted, adding that he was lucky Chelsea offered him another chance at managing in England.
“The best thing football gave me was to make a decision about my future,” he explained.
“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.”
– Mirror Sports