Jose rules out Blues return

Former boss not planning shock return

Jose Mourinho has told Sky Sports News he will not be returning to Chelsea as manager.

Chelsea are on the lookout for a new manager after the club decided to axe Mourinho's successor at Stamford Bridge Avram Grant on Saturday.

Grant was sacked following Chelsea's failure to pick up any silverware last season when they lost in the Champions League final, Carling Cup final and finished second in the Premier League.

A host of top names have been linked with the vacant manager's post including Frank Rijkaard, Guus Hiddink, Mark Hughes and Sven Goran Eriksson.

A sensational return to West London for Mourinho, who left Chelsea last September in shock circumstances, has also been mooted.

However, Mourinho has informed Sky Sports News he has no plans to return to the club where he won back-to-back Premier League titles during his first two years at the club.

The Portuguese is expected to make a return to management this summer with Italy his most likely destination.