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Jose Mourinho is not interested in a return to Portugal for his next management role and is giving away very little about where he might end up.
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.
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The 55-year-old had nine games in charge of Benfica in 2000 and also managed Uniao Leiria and Porto in his homeland before leaving for Chelsea in 2004.
But, speaking to Correio de Manha, Mourinho said Benfica would definitely not be his next destination and kept his counsel when asked where he might end up next.
He said: “I have never been into the game of feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal.
“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 approached.
“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.
“I’m not training, I love that I am no longer talked about all the time and the best way to ensure that will remain the case is for me to not talk either.
“I want to able to think and prepare for the next step.”