Mourinho plots return

Jose Mourinho has outlined his plans for the future, revealing that he will return to management next year.

The Portuguese tactician has not managed since he parted ways with Chelsea last September.

Mourinho enjoyed an impressive three years during his time at Stamford Bridge, winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup.

He has been linked with a number of managerial positions since his Blues departure - including the previously vacant England job.


Mourinho has regularly shrugged off intrigue in his return to football, but he has now explained that he plans to make his comeback in 2009.

He also revealed that he wishes to coach in Italy or Spain, before returning to England and then making his international bow, managing his homeland, Portugal.

"Now no, I am studying," the 45-year-old told Thursday's Gazzetta dello Sport when asked if he wanted to return to coaching. "From next year however, yes."

"Italy or Spain," Mourinho said when asked about his future. "Afterwards I want to go back to England and finally be national coach of Portugal."

There have been reports suggesting that Mourinho may link up with Internazionale in the future, however he has stressed that he has had no discussions with owner Massimo Moratti.


"I respect him very much as a person that loves football and his club deeply," he said. "However I have never talked with him."

Mourinho went on to praise Arsenal's UEFA Champions League triumph over Milan, while distancing himself from Carlo Ancelotti's currently fragile position in charge of the Italian giants.

"I respect Milan and Ancelotti but Arsenal deserved to qualify over the two games," he concluded.