Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho interested in Premier League return
Jose Mourinho is only interested in returning to management in either England, Spain, Italy, Germany or France.
The Portuguese has been without a job since he was sacked by Manchester United last December but the League Cup and Europa League winner’s reservations about the state of United have largely been vindicated.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Mourinho was asked whether he would only consider positions in the top five leagues in Europe.
He responded: “Yeah, of course [I would return to the Premier League], yeah [I would go to Italy or Spain], yeah [Germany or France]… in a second.
“If you tell me a club in another country, to fight to be champion, to build something special, to bring that club in that country to a different level, then maybe. Who knows? But my focus is on the biggest ones.”
Mourinho sparked speculation that his next job would be in the Bundesliga when he revealed he was learning German earlier this month, but the Portuguese said that simply isn’t the case.
“It (learning German) is difficult,” Mourinho said. “For a Portuguese guy to learn Spanish or Italian, that’s nice and easy. My French and my English – not difficult at all. German is hard.
“When I’m back to London in September I will go two or three times a week to try but honestly, I’m not thinking about going to the Bundesliga.
“Nobody is waiting for me, nobody has knocked on my door. Not at all. It’s just… what can I do? German? Or Russian? I like to learn, I like to study, I like to have some objectives and I’m going to try, at least the basic things would be nice.”
On the prospect of moving into international management next, Mourinho said it is still too early in his career for him to do so.
“A national team job for me… one match per month, lots of office, no pitch, wait two years for Euros, wait two years for World Cup… no,” Mourinho said. “Still no. But you know, one day maybe.
“If not Portugal, another country, because when I go to the World Cups and I go to the Euros, and I am there in the centre of that event, I have the feeling one day I want to do it. I want to feel it, I want the experience. But then I think it’s not a job for me [yet].
“Maybe one day, and if it is Portugal obviously I would be very proud of it.”