Mourinho takes TV pundit job after denying Benfica link

Jose Mourinho Free For Real Madrid Return As Manchester United Pay Compensation Reports

Despite these honours, the club chose 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.

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.

"I have never confirmed, nor denied any offers throughout my career", he added. But to help end all the speculation on this subject, I will say that at this moment, today, I have no intention of working in Portugal.

It was never going to take long for Mourinho to find a new job, but it has to be said that United's decision to sack him was the right one.

A Bola reports that the Benfica president knows that convincing a coach with such an impressive CV as Mourinho's will not be easy, particularly as a number of other bigger clubs could be interested in signing him - amongst them Real Madrid, who in recent days have been linked with the Portuguese coach once again.

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"I have learned that, when you leave a club, you don't go around talking about it, you don't wash your dirty laundry in public", Mourinho said.

"The best thing for Benfica is to support Bruno [Lage] and think about the future calmly". "The chapter is finished and you don't go around making criticism". "I am fine at the moment".

Mourinho is sure to have plenty to say about the game featuring another of his former clubs, as well as a team he has not held in the highest esteem during his time in English football.

In his first TV appearance since leaving Manchester United in December, the former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto manager will be part of a panel of expert analysts based in beIN SPORTS' studios exclusively covering two of the most watched products in the MENA region. 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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