Jose Mourinho has said it would be a “tremendous honour” to manage one of his former clubs, amid links with a return to either Inter Milan or Real Madrid, reports ESPN.
With Santiago Solari under pressure at the Bernabeu, Mourinho — who was sacked by Manchester United in December — emerged as a potential candidate, having left the club on good terms with president Florentino Perez in 2013, while he remains a fan favourite at Inter, after guiding them to a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League Treble in 2010.
Mourinho said he was happy at being linked with a return, but prefers not to be talked about in public about when out of work.
“If any professional — a manager or a player — is wanted by a former club, it means we did something positive,” he told Correo da Manha. “I felt this when I went back to Chelsea [in 2013.]
“When any professional returns to a club it is a tremendous honour. They’re not signing someone they don’t know, they are going for someone they know, someone who has already been there.
“But when I am not managing, I love that people do not talk about me and the best way to achieve that is for me to also not talk.”
Benfica sacked Rui Vitoria as manager last week, leading to reports Mourinho was under consideration.
However, the two-time Champions League winning manager has dismissed any notion of him taking over at the Estadio da Luz.
“I have no intention of working in Portugal at all,” he said. “The best way to respect a great club [Benfica] and a great president is to say that I was not approached.
“Today, I am not an option for Benfica”
Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has ruled himself out of the vacant job at Benfica, saying he has no intention of coaching in his native Portugal for the time being.
Mourinho was sacked by United last month after two and half years in charge of the Premier League club.
“I haven’t received an offer and even if I did, obviously the president of Benfica and the club itself would be the first to know my decision,” he told the website of the Correo da Manha newspaper.
“(But) I think I can say that today, I don’t have any intention of coming back to work in Portugal,” he said. “I am fine at the moment. Today, I am not an option for Benfica, nothing more than that.”
Benfica coach Rui Vitoria left the club by mutual consent last Thursday.
Mourinho said he did not want to talk about his dismissal by United.
“I have learned that, when you leave a club, you don’t go around talking about it, you don’t wash your dirty laundry in public. The chapter is finished and you don’t go around making criticism,” he said.
“The other thing I have learned is to respect the clubs who want me and those who don’t want me.”
Mourinho began his coaching career in 2000 at Benfica but was in charge for only nine games before spells at Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.