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‘I see myself more at a national team than a club’ – Mourinho reveals next team

Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has dropped hints to his future plans, saying that he sees himself becoming the head coach of a national team rather than another club.

The Portuguese has been out of coaching work since being sacked at Old Trafford in December 2018 and has recently appeared as a pundit for beIN SPORTS.

In an interview with Eleven Sports however, the 56-year-old revealed he still has the desire to take on new challenges and possibly managing a national team.

“I want to compete in new competitions,” he said.

“I think about the World Cup and the European Championships.

“For a long time I have had the desire to try out such an adventure. Right now, I see myself more at a national team than with a new club.

“Is Portugal the right team for me? Not necessarily.”

The self-proclaimed ‘special one’ has enjoyed a spectacular career in club management since lifting his first league trophy with Porto in 2003 – a year before the tram won the UEFA Champions League.

Mourinho would go on to lift the Champions League with Inter in 2010, but not before winning consecutive Premier League titles with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006, as well as winning four domestic trophies.

He added his fourth league title with Real Madrid in 2012, and although his time at Manchester United may not have gone as planned, there is absolutely no question that there is little left for him to achieve as a manager in club football.

The 56-year-old did not rule out a potential return to club football when speaking in June, telling Eleven Sports: “Winning a fifth championship in a different country or the Champions League with a third club are things I’d like to do.

“I wouldn’t do it just for that. I only go where a project convinces me.

“I want to be happy, not necessarily win, I want to be happy and I don’t want to accept a proposal without being convinced of it, that’s what I’ve always thought.

“That’s why if [a club] told me ‘today there are no conditions to win, but we want you to create the conditions to win’, then I would evaluate it.”

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