Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Jose Mourinho Responds To Speculation Of Return To Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho Responds To Speculation Of Return To Real Madrid

"Who would not like to have Mourinho?".

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

Despite his admiration for Benfica and Portuguese football, the manager sees his return to the game at a top European club.

Bruno Lage has been appointed the interim manager for the Portuguese side at the Stadium of Light, with the Eagles seven points behind league leaders Porto.

Jose Mourinho is available for a dramatic return to Real Madrid after Manchester United paid him a reported £15 million ($19 million) in compensation following his sacking last month, according to British media on Thursday.

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

"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".

"(But) I think I can say that today, I don't have any intention of coming back to work in Portugal", he said.

"I haven't received an offer and even if I did, obviously the president of Benfica and the club itself would be the first to know my decision", he said. "At the moment, I'm fine as I am".

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

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.

Mourinho was dismissed by the Premier League giants after a poor start to his third season in the job.

"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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