Jose Mourinho: I want to coach Portugal one day

Portuguese coach is keen on taking charge of national side and wants to return to Italy and England

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Jose Mourinho wants to manage Portugal’s national side and insists he plans on returning to coach in both Italy and England.

The Real Madrid boss, who only took over at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, hopes to take charge of his country’s team in the future despite admitting he is more cut out for club management.

Mourinho, who led Chelsea to back-to-back Premier League titles during his reign at Stamford Bridge, also signalled his intent to return to coach in both England and Italy’s top flights.

“Yes I think so, one day,” said Mourinho when asked if he would like to coach Portugal. “It’s something I would like to try, something I want to do for myself. But there are clubs to train first and time to go back to Italy and England.

“It would be more of an emotional experience than a professional one. I wasn’t born to be a national manager, just to play 10 games and train 20 times a year. With three games a week: when we have a Wednesday off I get depressed.”

He added: “There’s no rush. I have a four-year contract with Real and I want to stay a long time. There’s a lot to do at Real, and it’s not just all on the pitch.”

The former Porto manager also admitted that if he were to return to one of his previous clubs, Inter Milan would be his first choice.

He said: “I can’t say I will never go back. But I can’t say either that I wouldn’t go to another club: I am a professional. Just one thing though: Inter would always be the first choice.”

But Mourinho added that he hoped that the Italian champions would not require his services again. He said: “I hope Inter doesn’t need me, because that would mean that they had taken a wrong turn.”

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