Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Jose Mourinho rules himself out of Benfica job

Reuters  Carl Recine Reuters Carl Recine
Frederick Owens | 11 January, 2019, 06:58

Recent reports had linked him with the Benfica job after Rui Vitoria was sacked, with club president Luis Filipe Vieira insisting "money would be no object" to a Mourinho return.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most successful managers of all time, Mourinho will join a long list of names from the footballing hall of fame who have appeared as part of beIN SPORTS' premium football coverage in recent months, including Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paul Scholes, Ruud Gullit, Arsène Wenger, Marcel Desailly, Yaya Touré, Nemanja Vidić, Wesley Sneijder and Graeme Souness.

United are said to have paid the out of job boss a sum of £15 million as compensation package last month, allowing him to return to management when he sees fit.

Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United in December after a frankly dismal start to the season (well, first half essentially) that saw the club languish an enormous 19 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.

The improved contract United agreed with Mourinho a year ago was due to run until the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option of a further season.

Jose Mourinho has dropped a huge hint that he'd be interested in returning to Real Madrid as manager by describing the prospect as a "tremendous honour" on Thursday.

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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.

He has, reportedly, already rejected the opportunity to return to Benfica, the first club he managed.

The La Liga giants are struggling domestically at present, meaning Santiago Solari is already under-fire despite only replacing Julen Lopetegui earlier this season.

He said: "I have never been into the game of feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal". That's how I felt when I went back to Chelsea.

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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