Mourinho fancies a switch to Ligue 1

Jose Mourinho
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United applauds the crowd after the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Manchester United and BSC Young Boys at Old Trafford on November 27, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho has hinted he is excited at the prospect of managing in a new league with France’s Ligue 1 the most likely destination.

The former Real Madrid manager who parted ways with the Red Devils in December has already turned down the opportunity to return Benfica where he started his managerial career.

Mourinho, who remains one of the most decorated managers of his era has enjoyed successful spells in Portugal, England, Spain, and Italy and would fancy another challenge in France.

“I can imagine myself as a coach in Ligue 1,” Mourinho told beIN SPORTS.

“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.

“For now I’m calm, I try to live better with my family and friends and I work calmly to hope for the opportunity to go back to football.”

Mourinho was spotted in Lille’s stalemate against Montpellier on Sunday and the former Chelsea supremo is keen on returning to football management.

“I think two to three months, January, February, and March, [without a job] is OK [but] afterwards it is harder,” he added.

“I hope calmly to have the opportunity to come back stronger.

“The project is my project as a person and as a coach, to improve, to be better, to think every day about my profession, which is also my passion – it is not just my profession. But now is not the time to speak with clubs.

When quizzed if he watched PSG end the unbeaten run of Solskjaer as United’s boss, Mourinho admitted it was a difficult proposition to watch his former side: “No. I did not watch [the match].

“I prefer to watch other clubs and other leagues. [In England] I know all the players, I know all the clubs – I know the philosophy. For me, it is more interesting to watch the other leagues.”

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