Mourinho indulges Northlight student over Man United link
Mourinho engages student over ever-growing link with Man United
As soon as his position at Chelsea became shaky, speculation swirled over where Jose Mourinho would land next as manager.
Today, it has reached fever pitch, the 53-year-old admits freely.
He is linked most with Manchester United, as Louis van Gaal continues to struggle to get the Red Devils firing again.
But other reports have claimed he would return to Spain and Real Madrid, or Italy and Inter Milan.
Or possibly even one of the cash-rich clubs in China.
Mourinho the media-savvy one was coy yesterday about all the talk linking him with United next season.
The Portuguese met the media on the sidelines of a visit to Northlight School in support of the Peter Lim Scholarship, and said he was "relaxed" about his current "jobless" situation.
Clad in a grey polo tee and faded jeans, Mourinho, who is in town on a private visit, fielded questions from the staff and students of Northlight, and the media, accompanied by his agent Jorge Mendes and Valencia owner Lim.
One student among the 100-strong crowd asked: "I support Manchester United, so would you be taking charge of them next season?"
Without batting an eyelid, the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager said: "That is the one million dollar question that nobody knows (the answer to)...
"I have to wait to see what happens, but I am not worried - I am relaxed about it."
When speaking to reporters after his talk, Mourinho said: "I read so many different things (about me); one day a report says yes (for me to join United), another day another one says no.
"One day I am going to China, another day I am going back to Inter Milan... now I am here, probably people say I am going to coach the Singapore national team.
"Every day new things are coming and, but the reality is that I have no job in this moment and I am happy not to have a job.
"(But) I miss football and, if I have to return tomorrow, I would. But I always feel that it is better to wait and not rush. It is better to be calm and wait for the right moment and the right move.
"I think starting the next season with a new club and a new project is probably the best thing for me."
Sacked last December by Chelsea after a poor string of results, the Special One has been travelling to countries like Spain, Italy, Germany for his own charity and commercial engagements.
While he has won three Premier League titles in his two stints with Chelsea, including a triumph last season, Mourinho prefers to put the Blues chapter behind him.
Asked by a student about his time at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said: "(Football) is quite a funny career because I am still the English champion and I have no job...
"That's why for me (my time with)Chelsea is just over, finished; I look more to the future, I wait for the future with more enthusiasm than I look to the past.
"But this is life. Now I enjoy my quiet life in this period, and hopefully in the summer I will be back."
I read so many different things (about me); one day a report says yes (for me to join united), another day another one says no. One day I am going to China, another day I am going back to Inter Milan... now i am here, probably people say i am going to coach the Singapore national team.
— Jose Mourinho, who visited Northlight School yesterday in support of the Peter Lim Scholarship