Jose Mourinho could soon be back in management after he reportedly held talks with China’s richest man for a job in the Chinese Super League and to manage the national team.
Since December football hasn’t seen much of Jose Mourinho with the former Manchester United boss not back in management since his sacking at Old Trafford but all that could be about to change.
According to The Telegraph, Mourinho has held talks with China’s richest man, Hui Ka Yan, over becoming manager of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande and potentially becoming China manager too.
Hui is chairman of the Evergrande Group that is the majority owner of the CSL side and he is determined to help the game grow in the country and has pumped a lot of money into the team.
The report claims that Mourinho and the club owner met over Chinese New Year, at the end of January, and Hui wants to boost the stature of the country in the game with the huge signing.
Talks are ‘ongoing’ according to the newspaper with the 56-year-old excited by the idea of helping the Chinese league develop as well as helping the national game move forward too.
Currently former Guangzhou manager Marcello Lippi is in charge of the China national team and former Italy centre back Fabio Cannavaro manages the club team, that includes Paulinho in its ranks.
Mourinho trying to work out Chinese on his phone. Image: PA Images
Mourinho, who has been enjoying himself at Wimbledon this week, was interested in taking over at a club in time for the summer to develop a team before the season started.
He was linked with several jobs, including a return to Inter in Serie A, but nothing came to fruition leaving him jobless since December.
Following a 3-1 loss to rivals Liverpool in the Premier League on December 16th the once ‘Special One’ was sacked as manager of Manchester United, with the club looking in danger of missing out on the top four, and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mourinho circling the job vacancies during the loss to Liverpool. Image: PA Images
The Chinese Super League has managed to attract some of the biggest names in Europe in transfers in the last few years because of the amount of money being spent.
Rafa Benitez moved to the Far East to take over at Dalian Yifang earlier this week but getting Jose Mourinho to follow would be a huge coup.
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