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Published: 11:55 | 10/4/16

Mourinho denies having contract signed

Portuguese refutes Man Utd deal talk

Jose Mourinho insists he does not have a contract signed to take over a club this summer - but does believe he will be back in the game for next season

The Portuguese has been out of the game since being sacked by Chelsea in December and reports continue to state he will replace Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United at the end of the current campaign.

The 53-year-old admits he has had numerous offers - including one from the Syrian national team - but is yet to decide where his future will lie.

“He is my friend, I worked with him for a few years," he told Sky Sports News. "I am always linked with jobs and in the summer I will have a job, but in this moment I can promise you I do not have a contract with any club.”

“They [The Syrian FA] published [the offer] on their website the letter they sent to my agent. That one I have to say is true, but I have to say in a very special way we said we were not interested in the job.

“I have made this exception to speak with you [the media] because I didn’t speak for a long time, but I am going back to the same position. The only thing I can say is I don’t have a contract with any club but in the summer I will be back.

“I am not in position to turn down [jobs]. I am in a position to analyse, this is April, everything starts in July, every decision is made between May and the start of June.

“I am not in a position to deny, I am open to any club, national team, but I have to be honest, if possible, a club.

“I would prefer [to stay England]. I love the country, the football here, my family is very stable and happy.”

Mourinho has also been linked with a return to former clubs Real Madrid and Inter Milan and despite having clashed with Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri during his time in Serie A, he would not begrudge him winning the Premier League title this season.

“I think his [Ranieri’s] career deserves that," he said. "He is a good man who I respect. In spite of bad words, he knows I like him very much and I would like him to win.

“But I like Mauricio [Pochettino], I have a great relationship with him and his work at Tottenham is very good. Let’s go for the simple one, the one with more points deserves to win.

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