Jose Mourinho has turned down an approach from Ligue 1 side Lyon, as the former Real Madrid boss holds out on a return to the Premier League.
The 56-year-old has been open about his desire to find another role after an extended break, but didn’t see his latest offer as the right opportunity.
French outlet RMC Sport have revealed that Lyon wanted the ex-Inter Milan boss to succeed former Arsenal defender Sylvinho in the role, but have now turned there attention to Laurent Blanc after Mourinho’s negative response.
“This is basically the first time I have time to think, the first time I am in Setubal at the end of July or beginning of August in more than 20 years,” Mourinho told Sky Sports news in the summer.
“I have some time to think, to rethink, to analyse and what I feel is exactly that ‘Ze’ [Mourinho’s nickname as a youngster] is full of fire!
“My friends tell me ‘enjoy your time, enjoy your July, enjoy your August, enjoy what you never had’.
“Honestly, I can’t enjoy. I am not happy enough to enjoy.
“I miss my football, I have the fire, I have a compromise with myself, with people that love me, with so many fans that I have around the world, so many people that I inspired.
“Ze has to be Ze and Ze until the last day, but I don’t see the last day because my next move will be like the start!
“I don’t feel it’s just one more year in accumulation of how many years I’ve worked, how many titles I’ve won. That is history, that is the museum!
“My future will start in my next move and, as I was saying, it looks a little bit ridiculous with so many beautiful things around me and so many things I didn’t [have] for so many years, but I can’t really enjoy my free time.”
Mourinho has been linked to Mauricio Pochettino’s job at Tottenham after a dismal run of performances under the Argentine, with a role in England his first choice.
The former Porto boss is unlikely to be short of further offers having won two Champions League and eight league titles, but he has been sacked in his last two jobs.