José Mourinho breaks cover to rule himself out of Benfica managerial role

Tanya Simon
January 11, 2019

Now that he is unemployed again, Mourinho has been repeatedly linked with a number of high-profile jobs.

"Jose is one of the greatest football managers of all time, and we hope that his expert analysis and charismatic personality will be enjoyed by our millions of viewers".

Jose Mourinho has only been out of a job for a few weeks, but he is already set to return to our television screens.

Jose Mourinho has spoken on what the future holds for him following his recent sacking from Manchester United and refused to rule out a return to Inter.

The former Chelsea handler signed an improved contract with United a year ago which was due to expire at the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option of a further season.

Mourinho's time at Real between 2010-2013 - which brought a league title and a Spanish Cup but saw them largely play second fiddle to Barcelona - ended as it did at United and Chelsea, with bad results and discord in the dressing room.

"There are things that have been said and I do not want to feed those rumours", he said, "but when a player or coach is asked to come back to a club it means they did something positive there".

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Mourinho is already said to have turned down a managerial role at Portuguese giants Benfica, while former club Real Madrid are thought to be interested.

"There has been no contact, but they did get in touch with Jose after (Julen) Lopetegui was dismissed (in late October)", the Mail reports the source as saying.

"I don't really want to go there but the best way to respect a great club [Benfica] and a great president is to say that I was not approached".

Reports in Portugal last week stated that the Lisbon club were keen on offering Mourinho a return to management.

Manchester United have said that they are not preventing their Ex-Manager from joining any club.

The source explained that Real sounded out Mourinho prior to Solari's hiring, with the Portuguese boss stating his commitment to his job at Old Trafford.

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