Jose Mourinho has said he is willing to manage in the Bundesliga amid suggestions there may soon be a vacancy at Bayern Munich.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach, who has also been linked with Ligue 1 club Lyon, has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December.
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- Niko Kovac was appointed Bayern boss last summer but has failed to convince since arriving at the Allianz Arena.
- Bayern have closed what was a large gap on Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga but remain two points adrift of their title rivals.
- The German champions were eliminated by Liverpool in the first knockout round of the Champions League.
- It wouldn’t be a big surprise to see Kovac sacked if Bayern end the season without a trophy.
- Bayern could fail to win the Bundesliga for the first time since 2011/12.
With Kovac under pressure to deliver success at Bayern, the Bavarians could be on the lookout for a new manager this summer.
And Mourinho, who has enjoyed successful spells in England, Spain and Italy, has suggested Germany could be next on his list.
“I would like to win a third Champions League with a third club and to win a fifth league in a fifth different country,” Mourinho told Portuguese outlet Record.
“But I do not always have what I want and my ambitions are not limited to this.”
Asked if he would specifically like to work in Germany, Mourinho said: “It’s a country I’ve never trained in. Why not? Let’s see.”
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Mourinho hits out at ‘His Excellency’ Paul Pogba
Following a successful first season at Manchester United, Mourinho’s spell at Old Trafford ended disastrously.
A falling out with Paul Pogba contributed to the 56-year-old’s sacking, and Mourinho has taken another swipe at the midfielder.
Mourinho revealed Pogba had preferred to be driven home from an away trip to Burnley rather than join his teammates on the bus, something the manager took issue with.
“We would play a team that was 30 kilometres from Manchester and a player asked me if after the game he could return to Manchester without the team and go on his own,” Mourinho said, according to the Telegraph.
“I told him, ‘If we went to London and you wanted to stay there, that would be one thing. But this is close, it doesn’t make sense’.
“The guy was upset. But then we won the game and he asked me again. Because I was happy, I gave in a little and said, ‘At least leave on the bus and ask your chauffeur to catch up with you 10 minutes from the stadium, then go as you wish’.
“And this guy in the locker-room still wasn’t happy. I went to the press conference and when I arrived at the team bus, parked beside it was a Rolls-Royce with his chauffeur.
“After all, the car was new and His Excellency would like to leave the stadium in his Rolls-Royce. Now how do we deal with this? You [tell him] never go in the Rolls? You can go when I’m happy? Or you solve this thing in another way to get me ‘on vacation’.”