Mourinho Opens Up About Benfica Interest

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It has nearly been a month since Manchester United‘s defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool, following which the Red Devils immediately parted ways with Jose Mourinho.

The loss at Anfield was just one of the many poor performances that ultimately led the Mancunians to sack the Portuguese tactician, and replace him with club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a temporary basis.

United have flown high since, with their new interim boss winning all five games he has managed thus far, whilst making the squad play some brilliant and free-flowing attacking football.

Mourinho, on the other hand, has remained away from the public eye, enjoying the time off with his family.

The self-proclaimed Special One has consistently been in the news, however, with reports linking him with returns to Inter Milan and Real Madrid. He was strongly linked with a move to his homeland as well, with Benfica said to be strongly interested in his services.


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But now, in his first proper interview since departing from Manchester, Mourinho has spoken about his future, whilst also shedding light on the Benfica rumours.

“I have never been into the game of feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal,” Jose told¬†Correio de Manha (via Sky Sports).

“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.”