Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he never planned taking up any job in Portugal at the moment.
Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho reacts after the UEFA Europa League final football match Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United on May 24, 2017 at the Friends Arena in Solna outside Stockholm.
But, Mourinho could indeed be primed for a quick return to club football management, with one of his former clubs showing an interest in him.
Thankfully for him, he can go wherever he wants, because it has emerged that he officially received his pay-off from Manchester United in the form of a £15 million compensation package, immediately upon his sacking.
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For now, Santiago Solari seems to have his future up in the air, with Real Madrid in talks with former manager Jose Mourinho.
However, Real president Florentino Perez remains a fan and with the club 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barca and outside the Champions League places pressure is mounting on Solari, who could be relieved of his duties before his contract expires at the end of the season.
Mourinho said he was happy at being linked with a return, but prefers not to be talked about in public about when out of work. 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.
Now he's had his say on a potential return to Real Madrid.
On Thursday, he already insisted he would not go back to Benfica, but he sounds open to a return to Real or Inter.
It was suggested that Mourinho, whose very first managerial role came at Benfica, could head back to Portugal, but he insists that will not be the case.