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Mourinho rules out Benfica as he takes up pundit role

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Cary Erickson | 11 January, 2019, 00:29

Despite these honours, the club made a decision to terminate Vitoría's contract following some poor results this season that have left Benfica in third place and seven points behind leaders Porto after 16 games.

And it sounds like it could get even better for United should Real re-hire Mourinho, because doing so would trigger a clause in the 55-year-old's previous contract.

The Portuguese has denied he is set to return to the Primeira Liga by taking charge of Benfica, while returns to either Inter or Real Madrid have also been mooted.

His final months at Manchester United, however, have put a blotch on an nearly impeccable career to date, something which Mourinho will be eager to rectify at whatever club he decides to go to next. That's how I felt when I went back to Chelsea.

Madrid are having a particularly bad time at the moment, with interim manager Santiago Solari struggling to illicit the same response that Zinedine Zidane did when he was promoted from youth coach to senior manager, and president Florentino Perez is said to be keen to install an authoritarian like Mourinho to return the discipline to a listless squad.

It was suggested that Mourinho, whose very first managerial role came at Benfica, could head back to Portugal, but he insists that will not be the case.

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"The best thing for Benfica is to support Bruno [Lage] and think about the future calmly. The chapter is finished and you don't go around making criticism", he said.

But Mourinho has refused to speak out on his exit from Old Trafford and, despite not being directly asked about his United departure, added: "I always learned that when you leave a club, you do not talk".

Despite his sacking by Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has reportedly not been short of options to return to management, and he now commented on rumours linking him with one of his former clubs.

Recently, Portuguese club Benfica sacked their manager Rui Vitoria after three years in charge of the team, and Jose Mourinho has been linked with the job.

"There are no issues over Jose's contract with Manchester United".