Aulas: We can’t afford Mourinho

With the season gradually coming to an end, the destination of former Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has raised a later of discussion with reports linking him to France and Germany.

The Portuguese has spoken of his desire to make an early return to management and didn’t hide his desire to take up a new challenge in a new League.

Mourinho is yet to manage a German or French side making those top-flights his likely destination.

The Portuguese gaffer has ruled out various possibilities regarding his next move, however, there’s a chance that he could take on a new challenge in France.

Mourinho recently said in an interview: “I can imagine myself as a coach in Ligue 1.

“I am a man who has worked in four different countries. I like to know about other cultures. Working in a new championship would be a fantastic experience.”

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In the wake of those comments, Lyon was mooted as a possible alternative considering PSG are willing to retain Tuchel.

But Lyon’s president Aulas feels the Special One will be too expensive for the former French Champions.

He said in L’Equipe when quizzed on contact with Mourinho: “I saw him last summer in Moscow, we talked a bit, but not about him coming to Lyon, on transfers.

“The Special One is not compatible with our economic reality.”

Laurent Blanc is another manager reported to be in the frame for the job.

Aulas, though, has told RMC of the speculation: “You are constantly hearing of managers who want to come to Lyon. I am delighted.

“I heard a great French manager, who was the manager of PSG. I heard a great Portuguese manager who was the manager of Manchester United.

“I heard a lot of managers hypothesise about coming to Lyon. We are not going to have discussions with other managers in the coming days.”

Bruno Genesio has been informed that his contract will not be automatically extended after failing to guide the club to the Coupe de France final and a top-three finish.

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