Mourinho takes TV pundit job after denying Benfica link

On Thursday, he already insisted he would not go back to Benfica, but he sounds open to a return to Real or Inter.

And it sounds like it could get even better for United should Real re-hire Mourinho, because doing so would trigger a clause in the 55-year-old's previous contract.

The Sun reports that United agreed to the payment following a meeting between Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes and United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

But, speaking to Correio de Manha, Mourinho said Benfica would definitely not be his next destination and kept his counsel when asked where he might end up next.

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.

United, meanwhile, have rediscovered their form since replacing the "Special One" with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Mourinho has also ruled himself out of the vacant job at Benfica, saying he has no intention of coaching in his native Portugal for the time being.

"I felt that when I returned to Chelsea".

"When a professional returns or is invited to return to a club, it's a great honour".

Mourinho is set to be seen on screen for the first time since being sacked by Manchester United [Courtesy] A source told the Mail Online: "There are no issues over Jose's contract with Manchester United".

Real's apparent desperation to land Mourinho, who left in 2013 after a dressing room revolt led by Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas, means Perez will be prepared to bite the bullet and meet United's demands.

Mourinho could potentially come back to haunt United in the Champions League should he take charge of any of the other remaining 15 sides.

Their 2-0 home defeat by Real Sociedad on Sunday saw them slump to fifth in La Liga, 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.

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

Vanessa Coleman

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