Special One pays tribute to Sir Bobby

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José Mourinho has paid homage to Sir Bobby Robson, who died on Friday morning at the age of 76.

The Inter Milan coach was given his first big break in football when Sir Bobby was in charge at Sporting Lisbon.

He was hired as a translator at Estádio José Alvalade before following the legendary manager to FC Porto and Barcelona.

And the Special One has now paid tribute to his former boss.

A statement from Mourinho on www.inter.it read: "I didn't talk with him in the last two months because it was hard for me.

"It was hard for me because I didn't want to think that he was dying, it wasn't that image of Bobby Robson that I wanted to keep forever, it wasn't that voice that I wanted to hear.

"I wanted, and I will always keep it with me, the Bobby Robson of every day, a man with an extraordinary passion for life and football, with extraordinary enthusiasm.

"Bobby Robson is one of those people who will never die, not just for what he did in his career, for a victory more or a victory less, but for everything that he gave to those who like me were lucky to know him and walk by his side.

"My thoughts and embrace go to his loved ones."

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