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Genesio would be honoured to be succeeded by Mourinho at Lyon

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Bruno Genesio doesn’t mind rumours suggesting that Jose Mourinho will replace him at Lyon.

Since leaving Manchester United last December, Mourinho has been linked with returns to Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

At one point, a comeback to Real seemed on for Mourinho following Santiago Solari’s dismissal. But the club instead announced they had re-hired Zinedine Zidane.

Despite this setback, Mourinho has remained bullish over his prospects of returning to management next season and revealed he’s already turned down “three to four” offers.

Now French news outlet L’Equipe made the shocking claim on Wednesday linking Mourinho with Lyon, who’s manager Genesio will be out of contract in the summer.

The 56-year-old has won league titles in his native Portugal, England, Spain and Italy. Therefore, the idea of conquering all five major European leagues may prove to be a tantalising prospect.

“We can only respect Mourinho,” said Genesio, according to Goal.

“He’s a coach who has won everywhere he’s been.

“He is maybe not the one I identify with personality wise, but I respect him a lot regarding his records and achievements in football. He’s won everything.

“Everywhere he’s been he’s won a trophy. He’s won Champions Leagues. Obviously, he’s a great coach, so, if he succeeds me it would be an honour.”

Midfielder Lucas Tousart added: “It is not something that we are listening to,” he added. “A lot of things are ‘revealed’ and then appear at the end to be wrong, but I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.

“He was, and I think he still is, a great head coach. He accomplished great things in the biggest clubs.

“His last experience [at Man Utd] went badly. I don’t know him personally, so there’s not a lot I can say about him, but it’s true that he’s currently among the best coaches.

“He’s among the ones who have done amazing stuff with their clubs.”

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United. looks on prior to the Premier League match between. AFC Bournemouth and Manchester United. at Vitality Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)