The newly appointed Chelsea manager made the revelation while hiding under his desk.
He said: “I’m terrified to go outside. Everybody thinks I’m this big tough guy, but really I’m scared of life and fight like a little girl.”
The claims are bound to worry Mourinho’s new employers, who expect their manager to operate mainly within the bounds of normality.
A source close to the West London club had this to say:
“Jose has always been eccentric. However, his time in Madrid seems to have broken his spirit and left him open to neurosis which he is genetically predisposed to.”
While no one at the club was willing to officially comment, a spokesperson for the Chelsea supporters’ group did offer words of support.
“As normal, salt of the Earth Englishmen, Chelsea supporters have no real understanding of what Jose is going through.
“Of course, we view any sort of mental illness as something strange that shouldn’t be openly discussed and treated with utter disdain.
“That aside, we wish him all the very best.”