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Jose Mourinho: Clubs the 'special one' has turned down, where will he end up?
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Jose Mourinho: Clubs the 'special one' has turned down, where will he end up?

Former Manchester United and Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has been out of work since he was shown the door at the Old Trafford club in 2018.

The self-proclaimed 'special one' has however indicated he would love to make a comeback to coaching, but is probably waiting for the right club.

During an interview with the Sky Sports team recently, the Portuguese almost broke while narrating how he has missed the beautiful game. 



There have been chances for Mourinho to make his return to football but has turned down some of the opportunities. 

Which are some of the clubs that he has reportedly turned down?

1. Newcastle

Mourinho was interestingly linked to the vacant job at Newcastle when the Magpies parted ways with Rafa Benitez early in June, but he turned down the chance saying the club did not share the same lofty ambitions. 

"The only thing that I know is what I don't want: I am quite pathological in the sense of I have to play to win," he had said in reference to the vacant job. 

"If somebody gives me a wonderful 10-year contract and the objective of the team is to stay in the first half of the table and if you finish seventh, eighth or ninth, it's perfect, then that's not for me. That's my nature. My next (goal) is to fight to win," 

2. Lyon

On Thursday, Ligue 1 President Jean-Michel Aulas revealed that Mourinho turned down an offer to take over at the club after they fired Sylvinho on Monday following poor results, winning just one match in his last nine matches. Mourinho indicated he had already picked a different club. 

"We had some fairly flattering exchanges over text," Aulas stated. "It was nice for everyone. He did not accept our proposal to meet because he has already chosen another club."

3. Guangzhou Evergrande

Mourinho turned down a record £88million offer to manage the Chinese outfit, with reports indicating it was due to family reasons.

The Portuguese earned around £15m a year at United but the China offer would have dwarfed that completely. He had also been said to be in talks with the China national team. 

4. Turned down three job offers

In January 2019, which was barely two months since leaving United, Mourinho indicated he had turned down three job offers as he decided to take some time off. He never mentioned the names exactly though. 




Where next?

Mourinho loves projects, he loves big teams, above all, he loves financial backing and a team with a vision. 

Real Madrid?

He has already indicated he will not manage in Italy anytime soon, ruling himself out of the Italian Serie A sides, which though seem to be comfortable with the men in charge. 

He has been linked with the Real Madrid job, but that will depend on how high Zinedine Zidane can take the team performance-wise. 


Paris Saint-Germain is an attractive project for any ambitious manager. With the huge financial backing and heavy budgets every summer coupled with the ability to compete at the highest level, it will be an attractive venture for Mourinho. But, the team does not seem to be in any trouble and is comfortable with Tuchel at the helm.

Tottenham Hotspur?

Spurs are in trouble, going through a rough patch. Will they let Mauricio Pochettino leave? highly unlikely for now. But it will present a perfect opportunity for the 'Special one' to manage another Premier League club. 

Reports are already going around that he will grab the chance if presented to him. 

He has also indicated he will be open to managing a national team, but with no interest yet from any of the sides, only time will tell. 

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