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Mourinho insists Rodgers should have stayed at Celtic until the end of the season

Jose Mourinho thinks Brendan Rodgers left Celtic for Leicester City too early, saying that the Northern Irishman should have waited until the end of the season.

Rodgers abandoned his post at Parkhead to replace Claude Puel at Leicester City last week, making a return to the Premier League following a three-and-a-half year absence since his sacking by Liverpool back in October 2015.

The decision caused a backlash among the Celtic faithful, who in the wake of Rodgers departure, displayed banners saying ‘You traded immortality for mediocrity’ and ‘Never a Celt, always a fraud,’ with the 46-year-old leaving the club on a course of completing an unprecedented treble treble.

Speaking to shamed pundits Richard Keys and Andy Gray as a guest pundit, former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Mourinho said that Rodgers should have waited until the end of the season before choosing to join the Foxes.

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“Celtic is a giant club,” he told beIn Sport. “But the Premier League is the Premier League so I’m not surprised that he comes.

“But if I was in his position now I would say to Leicester ‘I want to come to you, but not now.’

“I want to come next season, I want to be a champion in Scotland. I want to leave at the right moment and in my opinion the right moment would be pre-season.”

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