Friday, 18 January, 2019

Jose Mourinho Responds To Speculation Of Return To Real Madrid

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Kristopher Love | 11 January, 2019, 06:57

Mourinho is said to have rejected the chance to return to his former club, deeming it too early in his career for a return to Portugal.

Mourinho has been touted as the man to save Madrid ever since his Manchester United sacking last month.

The 55-year-old has now finally broken silence on the claims, putting speculation firmly to bed.

Mourinho's first fully-fledged job as a manager was with the Eagles where he took over from former Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes in 2000.

"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.

The Galacticos were beaten 2-0 by Real Sociedad on Sunday as they slipped 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.

Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United just before Christmas and Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira said "money would be no issue" when asked if he could tempt Mourinho back to the club.

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

Jose Mourinho will join beIN SPORTS, the global sports broadcaster, this week as part of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 and English Premier League coverage, which viewers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) enjoy exclusively on the leading sports channel.

José Mourinho has spoken publicly to rule himself out of the vacant manager's job at Benfica, but refused to make any further comment on his dismissal by Manchester United in December.

Mourinho has also been spoken of as a possible successor to the axed Rui Vitoria at Benfica. It's not a gamble in the dark, the clubs are trying to hire a player or a coach they know because they've already been there.

Mourinho, who was sacked by United last month after two-and-a-half years in charge, told Correio da Manha he has no intention of coaching in his native Portugal for the time being.