Ex-United boss Mourinho lands new job in Qatar for Asian Cup

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"Jose is able to take on another job right now, but is in no rush".

Nearly as soon as Jose took his marching orders from Old Trafford last month the former Manchester United boss has been linked with a return to Real.

It was never going to be an easy season after both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo left but Julen Lopetegui had a nightmare time before being replaced by Santiago Solari.

Ex-Manchester United Jose Mourinho has landed a television job for the first time after leaving the Old Trafford dwellers past year.

The Galacticos were beaten 2-0 by Real Sociedad on Sunday as they slipped 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.

"When a professional returns or is invited to return to a club, it's a great honour".

But sources close to the Portuguese coach have said that Mourinho is now free to manage wherever he wishes after reportedly receiving his full £15 million ($19.1 million) payoff from the Manchester giants.

"When a Coach or player returns to a club, it means they did something positive there".

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"I haven't received an offer and even if I did, obviously the president of Benfica and the club itself would be the first to know my decision", he said.

"Today I have no intention of returning to Portugal".

Since they did just that things have improved immeasurably for the Red Devils, with interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer winning five games out of five (four in the league) and bringing a feel-good factor back to Old Trafford in the process.

As reported earlier, 55-year-old Mourinho has been heading Manchester United since 2016.

But the manager was let go by the club due to their struggles in all competitions this campaign as they were sixth on the log before he was sacked.

Since the ex Chelsea coach was dismissed at Manchester United, he has been linked with many top European clubs.

Mourinho was linked with a spectacular return to his native Portugal this week as reports emerged that Benfica were ready to offer a contract to the former Porto boss.