After being linked with various clubs since his departure from Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has revealed that he would prefer a return to management with a national team rather than a club side.

Mourinho was axed by Manchester United back in December after dismal results that saw the club register their worst start to an English Premier League season. The Portuguese manager has had a successful managerial career winning trophies in almost all teams he has coached including two Champions League crowns with Porto and Inter Milan.

The former Chelsea manager revealed that he would prefer a return to management with a national team, "I want to compete in new competitions. 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. 

He, however, failed to rule out a move to a club, "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.

Be happy 

"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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