José Mourinho turns down Benfica approach
The Portuguese coach was linked with a return to Lisbon giants Benfica who are searching for a new manager after Thursday's dismissal of Rui Vitoria.
Before his successful spell with FC Porto, Mourinho briefly managed Benfica in 2000 where was assistant to Jupp Heynckes before the German was sacked after the fourth week of the domestic season with the side languishing in seventh place. Mourinho was in charge for 9 league games but quickly left the club after a contract dispute with the recently elected president Manuel Vilarinho.
Portuguese sports daily Record report that Benfica earmarked Mourinho as a potential replacement for Rui Vitoria with the former Manchester United manager now a free agent following his dismissal from the Premier League side last month.
The Setubal born coach however rejected the club's approach stating that a return to Portugal at this point does not form part of his immediate plans.