Manchester United to pay Mourinho 16.6 million euros

Reuters  Carl Recine

Manchester United paid Jose Mourinho's £15 million (about R265.5 million) compensation package immediately after he was sacked.

Reports in Portugal last week stated that the Lisbon club were keen on offering Mourinho a return to management.

Despite these honours, the club chose to terminate Vitoría's contract following some poor results this season that have left Benfica in third place and seven points behind leaders Porto after 16 games.

The 55-year-old was linked with a move to replace Rui Vitoria at Benfica few days after being sacked by the Premier League outfit.

'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 told the website of the Correo da Manha newspaper.

However, the Portuguese coach now insisted he is not interested in coaching Benfica at this moment in time.

He said: "I have never been into the game of feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal".

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Mourinho added: "The best thing for Benfica is to support Bruno [Lage] and think about the future calmly".

"I don't really want to go there but the best way to respect a great club [Benfica] and a great president is to say that I was not approached". 'I am fine at the moment.

His record speaks for itself and various new job opportunities have been mooted since he became available to take charge at a new club.

After an impressive spell with Uniao de Leira, Mourinho announced himself on the world stage by winning the Champions League with Porto in 2004.

Jose Mourinho has said it would be a "tremendous honour" to manage one of his former clubs, amid links with a return to either Inter Milan or Real Madrid.

The improved contract United agreed with Mourinho a year ago was due to run until the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option of a further season.

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