Jose Mourinho received an absolutely massive pay-off after Man United sacking

Jose Verdugo
Enero 10, 2019

"Who would not like to have Mourinho?".

The 55-year-old was linked with a move to replace Rui Vitoria at Benfica few days after being sacked by the Premier League outfit.

Despite these honours, the club made a decision to terminate Vitoría's contract following some poor results this season that have left Benfica in third place and seven points behind leaders Porto after 16 games.

"There are things that have been said and I do not want to feed those rumours", he said, "but when a player or coach is asked to come back to a club it means they did something positive there".

"I don't really want to go there, but the best way to respect a great club (Benfica) and a great president is to say that I was not offered".

"(But) I think I can say that today, I don't have any intention of coming back to work in Portugal", he said.

Mourinho, whose demands include a new striker and centre-back if he's to return, has even hinted that he's interested in a second spell.

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"I'm not an option for Benfica right now".

Manchester United paid 16.6 million euros to Jose Mourinho after his dismissal, Daily Mail reported.

His potential replacement, Mourinho was also recently sacked by Manchester United after overseeing one of the Red Devils' worst-ever starts to a season and an apparent fallout with some of the leading figures in the Old Trafford dressing room, including Paul Pogba. "At the moment, I'm fine as I am", he added.

"When you leave a club, you do not wash dirty clothes, when you leave a club, you do not seek to, at least publicly, do any kind of criticism, it's an ended chapter and that's how I always did it".

But sources close to the Portuguese coach have said that Mourinho is now free to manage wherever he wishes after reportedly receiving his full £15 million ($19.1 million) payoff from the Manchester giants.

Interestingly for a man who operates on something of a scorched earth policy when things are going badly for him in a job, the Portuguese manager has been nearly exclusively linked with clubs that he has already managed.

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