Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
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José Mourinho breaks cover to rule himself out of Benfica managerial role

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

"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.

Madrid are having a particularly bad time at the moment, with interim manager Santiago Solari struggling to illicit the same response that Zinedine Zidane did when he was promoted from youth coach to senior manager, and president Florentino Perez is said to be keen to install an authoritarian like Mourinho to return the discipline to a listless squad.

Despite these honours, the club made a decision to terminate Vitoría's contract following some poor results this season that have left Benfica in third place and seven points behind leaders Porto after 16 games.

"I have never confirmed, nor denied any offers throughout my career", he added.

He said: "I have never been into the game of feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal".

Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira will meet with Jose Mourinho in the coming days to discuss the ex-Manchester United coach's conditions to take charge at the club, according to Portuguese daily A Bola.

"The other thing I have learned is to respect the clubs who want me and those who don't want me".

He has, reportedly, already rejected the opportunity to return to Benfica, the first club he managed. "I am fine at the moment".

Mourinho was sacked by United last month after two and half years in charge of the Premier League club.

Nearly as soon as Jose took his marching orders from Old Trafford last month the former Manchester United boss has been linked with a return to Real.

Solari's job is now under huge threat and reports in Spain claim Real chiefs want to bring back Mourinho to save their season.

Quizzed on whether he could see himself back in La Liga or Serie A, Mourinho said: "It's a tremendous honour when you return to a club where you've been, but I'm talking to you and I will not talk to anyone else".

Benfica sacked Rui Vitoria as manager last week, leading to reports Mourinho was under consideration.

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