Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has announced that he has no intentions to return to Benfica, the club where he started his managerial career in 2000. The Special One had previously been tapped by numerous pundits around the soccer world as a possible replacement at the Portuguese giant for Rui Vitoria, who was fired back on January 3rd.
Mourinho told Correio da Manha today that he has "no intention of working in Portugal." He added that "The best way to respect a great club (like Benfica) and a great president is to say that I was not approached."
Sacked by MUFC, Mourinho says his next job won't be in Portugal after politely declining Benfica https://t.co/rIpyKhJjlQ— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) January 10, 2019
The Special One was only in charge of the Eagles for three months in late 2000 where he held a record of 6-3-2. After a brief stay at U.D. Leiria, Mourinho finally received his first of several chances to lead a stellar side to several trophy wins with FC Porto, where he stayed for two and a half seasons. The rest, of course, is history with him winning eight league titles and two Champions Leagues.
One individual who understands and respects Mourinho's legacy is Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira, who said that "I am his friend. Who would not like to have Mourinho?" He added that if "he says yes tomorrow, he'll be here at the drop of a hat. Money is no issue for Benfica."
But it appears that Mourinho is completely happy with not being in the spotlight right now. Telling Correio da Manha, he concluded by saying "It's a tremendous honor when you return to a club where you've been. But I'm talking to you and I will not talk to anyone else."
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