Mourinho claims interest from top clubs

London, Feb 20 (IANS) Veteran football manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that he is not looking for a new job at the moment, although several clubs are pursuing him.

The 53-year-old ended his second spell at English Premier League (EPL) side Chelsea in December following a poor start to this season’s campaign.

He has since been heavily linked with a return to the EPL with Manchester United, who are currently managed by Louis van Gaal.

“My next club? I really do not know, but one thing is certain – I love football and I will return with the same passion and ambition I’ve always had,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by Italian newspaper La Stampa.

“Right now I have respect for every coach at every club. I’m not looking for a club, but there are clubs that are looking for me,” the former Real Madrid manager said.

Media reports in Italy have suggested Mourinho could return to Inter Milan, with whom he won the treble in 2010, as current head coach Roberto Mancini is struggling to secure a top-three finish in Serie A.

But Mourinho, insisted he has no plans to return to the San Siro dugout.

He hoped that former Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini and Inter president Erick Thohir can turn the club’s fortunes around.

“There is one thing I want to clarify — I will not be directing things over there next season. Inter already have a project that belongs to Roberto Mancini and Erick Thohir,” Mourinho said.

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