Mourinho ‘full of fire’ ahead of return to football

Jose Mourinho says he is “full of fire” ahead of a return to football management, but insists he is willing to wait for the right opportunity before making a decision on his future.

Mourinho has been out of work since leaving Manchester United in December and, despite receiving a number of offers to return to the game, he is currently spending time in his home city of Setubal rather than being on the training pitch.

However, the warm weather and picturesque views of the Portuguese coast line provide little respite for Mourinho.

“This is basically the first time I have time to think, the first time I am in Setubal at the end of July or beginning of August in more than 20 years,” Mourinho said in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News.

“I have some time to think, to rethink, to analyse and what I feel is exactly that ‘Ze’ (Mourinho’s nickname as a boy) is full of fire!

“My friends tell me ‘enjoy your time, enjoy your July, enjoy your August, enjoy what you never had’. Honestly, I can’t enjoy. I am not happy enough to enjoy.

“I miss my football, I have the fire, I have a compromise with myself, with people that love me, with so many fans that I have around the world, so many people that I inspired.

“Ze has to be Ze and Ze until the last day, but I don’t see the last day because my next move will be like the start! I don’t feel it’s just one more year in accumulation of how many years I’ve worked, how many titles I’ve won. That is history, that is the museum!

“My future will start in my next move and, as I was saying, it looks a little bit ridiculous with so many beautiful things around me and so many things I didn’t [have] for so many years, but I can’t really enjoy my free time.”

Mourinho has not been short of offers since his departure from Old Trafford though.

He rebuffed former club Benfica when they tried to bring him in as head coach in January, while the riches of the Chinese Super League failed to tempt the 56-year-old back into the dugout.

Sky Sports News understands Mourinho declined an £88m contract – the biggest managerial offer in world football – to manage a club in China earlier this summer.

While a return to the game occupies his mind, Mourinho says he is happy to be patient before entering management once again and is keen to link up with an ownership he considers “Mourinhista”.

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