Mourinho rules himself out of Benfica job

Florence Fletcher
January 11, 2019

"Who would not like to have Mourinho?".

The pay-out leaves the 55-year-old Portuguese free to take up the permanent job in Madrid, despite the disappointing end to his two-and-a-half year spell at Old Trafford, when Santiago Solari's time as the European champion's interim boss ends.

Legit.ng earlier reported that former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has rejected a return to Portuguese club Benfica where he started his coaching career.

When a professional returns or is invited to return to a club it is a tremendous honour.

Mourinho said he did not want to talk about his dismissal by United.

A source close to Mourinho revealed on Wednesday night: "There are no issues over Jose's contract with Manchester United".

'I never entered this game of confirming or denying the news, ' said Mourinho.

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They say you can't keep a good man down, so many will be wondering what the hell Jose Mourinho does to be able to bounce back every time.

It was never going to take long for Mourinho to find a new job, but it has to be said that United's decision to sack him was the right one. But to help end all the speculation on this subject, I will say that at this moment, today, I have no intention of working in Portugal.

"When you leave a club, you do not wash dirty clothes, when you leave a club, you do not seek to, at least publicly, do any kind of criticism, it's an ended chapter and that's how I always did it".

A Bola reports that the Benfica president knows that convincing a coach with such an impressive CV as Mourinho's will not be easy, particularly as a number of other bigger clubs could be interested in signing him - amongst them Real Madrid, who in recent days have been linked with the Portuguese coach once again.

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The source added: "There has been no contact, but they did get in touch with Jose after Lopetegui was dismissed, but he told them he was the manager of Manchester United and totally committed to the club".

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