Mourinho says he is in the dark about a possible switch to Manchester United after being quizzed by school children in Singapore.
SINGAPORE (FEBRUARY 24, 2016) (REUTERS) – Title-laden soccer coach Jose Mourinho said he was in the dark about a possible switch to Manchester United after being quizzed by school children in Singapore on Wednesday (February 24) about his next career move.
The Portuguese, who was sacked by Chelsea in December after winning the English Premier League title last year, has been heavily tipped by British media to take over from current United head coach Louis Van Gaal in June but he was coy when asked by students at the North Light secondary school.
“That’s the one million dollar question and nobody knows and I’m the first one not to know,” Mourinho replied to the young United fan who asked if he would be heading to Old Trafford for next season.
“The reality is I like football so much that I miss football so when I get the chance to be back I will come back but I have to wait to see what, to see what happen.”
Asked by a Chelsea supporting student to look back on his experience and two spells with the London club, Mourinho had mixed feelings.
“Its quite a funny career because I am still the English champion and I have no job,” the 53-year-old said.
“But this is football, and that’s why for me Chelsea is just over, it’s finished, so I look more to the future, I look to the future with more enthusiasm thann I look to the past,” he continued.
“Now I enjoy my quiet life in this period when I’m not working in football and I hope in the summer I will be back,” he added.
Mourinho was joined by agent Jorge Mendes to speak with children as part of Valencia chairman Peter Lim’s Olympic scholarship.
The Portuguese who has also managed Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto, told reporters after the 20 minute event that nothing concrete had been agreed with United or any club.
“I read so many different things. One day says yes one day says no. One other day says I go to China, another to Italy, I go to Milan and people say I’m going back to Inter, I’m here probably you are saying that I go to Singapore national team, every day new things are coming but the reality is that I have no job and at this moment I am happy not to have a job,” he said.
Mourinho said he was enjoying spending time with his family, friends and was making the most of the time off to do more charity and commercial work.
He said he was willing to return to management tomorrow if asked but expected pre-season was more likely,
“I miss football yes. If I have to return tomorrow I return tomorrow but I always feel that it is better to wait, not to rush, it’s better to be clam to wait for the right moment, for the right move, I think starting the next season with a new club, a new project is probably the best thing for me,” he said.