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Published: 11:42 | 7/2/16

Mourinho hints at quick return

Premier League most likely destination

Jose Mourinho has hinted that he is close to a return to football management, with the Premier League looking like his most likely destination.

Mourinho has been out of the game since he was dismissed by Chelsea in early December and has made no secret of the fact that he is keen to return sooner rather than later.

He has been heavily linked with Manchester United, with rumours even suggesting that contact has been made between the club and his agent to discuss a potential move to Old Trafford.

However, while the former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto manager was tight lipped about the prospect of replacing current incumbent Louis van Gaal at United, he did hint that he was nearing a return and that, as his family home would remain in London, the Premier League would appear to be his most likely destination.

"I stopped when I left Chelsea in 2007, for a few months, and now is the second time I stop in 15 or 16 years, so it is not a drama. But for sure, I will be back soon," he told the Mail on Sunday.

"At this moment I don't know where football will take me, because in football you never know. But as a family, our home will be in London.

"I experimented with English, Italian and Spanish football, three of the top football sides in the world (Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid). I always say I need competition - I need competition every week.

"No, I am not enjoying it (not working). I can have my family, I can have my friends, I can have my quiet life, which I also like, and I can have my football. I can have everything together and I don't need to give up on one of them.

"To be fully happy I need everything, so I go back to football. I think it's my natural habitat. I have worked since I can remember, and as a manager since 2000."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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