Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has denied reports he could return to the Premier League this summer.
The Portuguese has been out of work since being relieved of his managerial duties at Old Trafford in December.
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- Mourinho was sacked as manager of Man Utd in December following a poor start to the season.
- Since then he has been linked with a host of clubs across the continent, including Inter Milan and Benfica.
- Real Madrid were reportedly exploring the possibility of bringing him back to the Bernabeu before appointing Zinedine Zidane.
- Mourinho has also opened the door on a move to the Bundesliga amid uncertainty around Niko Kovac’s future at Bayern Munich.
- Despite links to the Premier League, Mourinho has suggested he will not return anytime soon.
His two-and-a-half-year tenure in the North West ended in acrimonious fashion after a breakdown in relations with Paul Pogba culminated in his eventual dismissal.
Since then Mourinho has taken his time to return to football management, though he has often expressed an eagerness re-establish his position in the dugout once the season finishes.
And while a move back to the Premier League has been mooted, the 56-year-old has refuted suggestions his next destination is on English soil.
“I’m back in London but I don’t think the next stop will be in the Premier League,” he told DAZN (via Goal).
“The trophies are the guarantee of my [future] success. Even those who do everything possible to forget [my achievements], it’s not possible.
“The last trophy was the Europa League a year and a half ago; some people think it was 20 years ago.
“The last final I played was eight months ago, the FA Cup final. Right now I’m preparing for the future.”
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“Why should they choose me? To win”
It was often reported that Mourinho’s United dressing room was riven with friction and hostility, particularly with Pogba. The pair allegedly fell out, which ultimately led to Mourinho’s dismissal.
However, despite rumours of a fractious relationship, the Portuguese has revealed that he is only ever “horrible” to players who don’t show the requisite drive and determination of his expectations.
“[I would bring] quality, knowledge, experience and limitless ambition. But I am also horrible after a defeat, horrible with the people who have less ambition than me,” he added.
“[They say] ‘Jose the man is emotional, he thinks so much about others’. ‘Jose the coach is pragmatic, intelligent and domineering’. ‘I like Jose as a person, it’s a shame that people know the coach more’.
“How would players describe me in one word? Some will say a b*stard. Why should they choose me? To win. In fact, I’d ask them directly: ‘If you want to win, if the one condition is winning, then we can start talking.'”