Jose Mourinho will always seek new experiences and will one day move on from Manchester United to coach elsewhere, he told weekly French television show Telefoot in an interview aired on Sunday.
The former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid coach refused to be drawn directly when asked if he would soon be working at Qatari backed Paris Saint-Germain however.
“What I can tell you is that I’m a coach with concerns, with ambitions and desires to do new things,” the 54-year-old Portuguese said in slightly halting but fluent French.
“I’m sure that I will not end my career here (at Manchester United),” he said.
“The other day my son decided to go and watch a match in Paris rather than Manchester. Why Paris?
“Because right now Paris has something special. There’s a magic about the place, youth and quality. It’s fantastic.”
Paris Saint-Germain secured the services of Brazil’s Neymar and new French wonderkid Kylian Mbapppe this summer and boast a star-studded line up thanks to their Qatari backing.
The Parisians experienced something of a hiccup last season, letting slip a first leg 4-0 lead to Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and having to watch Monaco romp to the French title.
While many thought their Basque coach Unai Emery would be fired the club kept faith in him, but his contract runs out in June.
Mourinho, who once worked at Barcelona as coach Bobby Robson’s interpreter, has a contract with United until June 2019, which he said in September he would run down rather than renew.
Pep Guardiola revelled in Manchester City’s best performance since he took charge – but warned he wants to be a winner, not the great entertainer.
Two goals from Gabriel Jesus and one each from Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva saw the Etihad outfit record three successive home league games with five goals or more – and hit seven for the first time since 2013.
It was a stunning feat to extend their lead at the top to two points, but Guardiola said: “I am here to win. I am not here to entertain. You can improve your ideas, but I am here to win.
“But the way I want to play is like this. Last season for example against Everton when we missed two penalties we didn’t win and in that moment we started to go down in our confidence. Now we have to recognise our mood and confidence is so high. Everybody believes we can play good, it doesn’t matter who plays, they are going to play good.
“We concede two shots on target, unfortunately they were own goals. We scored seven goals and created more shots on target and that is what I want to do. Always you can do it better, but I cannot deny [this] was maybe the best performance since I arrived.”
Teasing, tormenting and toying with their beleaguered opponents, it was a masterclass in movement and attacking finery. Sane, Jesus and Sterling were not only willing runners but clever in their ability to find space and be picked out by passes from the genius that is Kevin De Bruyne.
Stoke’s former City boss Mark Hughes said: “Kevin De Bruyne is head and shoulders above anybody else in the Premier League, in my view, given the level of performance and the way he can dictate the game.”
The Belgian was predictably involved in the first two goals that set City on their way to another rout. A lovely ball saw Kyle Walker race inside and afforded time and space to cutback for Jesus to slot home.
An intricate passing move then saw De Bruyne link with Sane and the German – having somehow earlier volleyed over when unmarked – was unselfish as he chose to tee up Sterling for a tap-in. It was simple yet sublime.
Ditto goal number three in the 27th minute as Sane’s sweeping cross picked out Sterling and he, in turn, the supporting Silva. A stumbling first touch from the Spaniard and then a left-foot poke into the corner.
Yet much folly followed the fun as Stoke suddenly snatched two goals either side of half time.
Mame Diouf’s persistence paid off for the first as his strike deflected in off Fabian Delph. Then the Stoke frontman met a fine cross from 18-year-old debutant Tom Edwards with a poor header, but it hit the incoming Walker and bounced into the net.
The fans were tense, but nerves in this City side? Not a chance. Back they came with three crushing blows in the space of seven minutes.
De Bruyne’s delightful cross was slammed in by Jesus before Fernandinho sent a 25-yard rocket past Jack Butland and De Bruyne threaded through a pass for Sane to finish with aplomb. This was sixy football, but there was still time for sub Bernardo to stroll in for a seventh goal. It was a magnificent display and showed how much Guardiola and City have learnt from last season.
“With almost the same players, what changed?” he added. “Basically we know each other more, I know my players much more, I know the competition more and I know even more how to damage opposition teams.”
And Hughes added: “We are not the first to come here and get turned over. Clearly we won’t be the last because City are an outstanding team.”
Kevin De Bruyne orchestrated a Manchester City masterclass as Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring side thrashed Stoke 7-2 at the Etihad Stadium.
The Belgian did not get on the scoresheet but marked his 100th City appearance by setting up four goals for the rampant Premier League leaders.
Gabriel Jesus struck twice while Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva also got in on the act.
De bruyne has more assists in one game than most of us in entire career 😂😂😂 too good
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) October 14, 2017
De Bruyne. The in-form Belgian celebrated his century of City appearances in some style, producing a superb performance. The rapturous applause he received around the ground when substituted in the second half was most certainly earned.
This was an afternoon when City looked simply frightening going forward, and manager Guardiola – who appeared elated at times – will no doubt take extra satisfaction from the fact the devastating attacking display was achieved without Sergio Aguero on the pitch.
Just over a fortnight on from breaking a rib in a car accident, the striker returned to the squad as a substitute and Guardiola could afford to keep him as a spectator, with the Champions League visit of Napoli to come on Tuesday.
What will have irked the Spanish boss was his side conceding twice in a game they so dominated. Stoke netted just before and just after half-time, but over the course of the match they could barely get the ball. For Potters boss Mark Hughes, it was a truly sobering afternoon back at his old club.
This win extended City’s unbeaten run at home to 20 matches in all competitions and meant they have scored 17 goals in their last three league matches at the Etihad Stadium.
Ederson 6 (out of 10)
Kyle Walker 6
John Stones 6
Nicolas Otamendi 6
Fabian Delph 6
Kevin De Bruyne 9
Leroy Sane 8
David Silva 8
Raheem Sterling 8
Gabriel Jesus 8
Bernardo Silva (for Jesus, 63 mins) 7
Ilkay Gundogan (for De Bruyne, 66) 6
Yaya Toure (for Fernandinho, 73) 6
Jack Butland 5
Thomas Edwards 5
Kurt Zouma 4
Kevin Wimmer 4
Erik Pieters 4
Mame Diouf 5
Darren Fletcher 4
Geoff Cameron 4
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 4
Xherdan Shaqiri 4
Jese Rodriguez 4
Bruno Martins Indi (for Wimmer, 46) 4
Ibrahim Afellay (for Jese, 46) 4
Ramadan Sobhi (for Edwards, 53) 4
Manchester City v Napoli (Champions League, October 17)
Stoke v Bournemouth (Premier League, October 21)