Jose Mourinho sets June deadline for management return

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Jose Mourinho has set a deadline of June to return to management after turning down four offers following his dismissal by Manchester United.

The 56-year-old has been out of work since losing his job at Old Trafford last December.

But the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager, is keen for a return to club football next season, and says he has used his spell on the sidelines to prepare for his comeback.

“What I have in mind is that I would like to be back in June for a new club and a new pre-season,” he told beIN Sports.

“I know what I don’t want and that is the reason why I have had to say no to three or four different offers.

“I know what I want, not in terms of a specific club, but the nature of the job, and I am going to be waiting for that.”

Mourinho was linked with a return to his former post at Real Madrid before the Spanish giants turned to Zinedine Zidane.

But the Portuguese, who added that it is unlikely he will take an international job ahead of next year’s World Cup, insists he is enjoying his time away from the management spotlight.

“In this moment, I miss nothing at all,” he added. “I am two-and-a-half months without work, but I am preparing for the next one. It is not like I am on holiday or I am bored with nothing to do.

“When you are working every day with six press conferences, three matches a week, and all the problems you have day-by-day, you have no time to take care of yourself. Now, I have these months where I can come back even better prepared.”

Mourinho came under severe criticism in the latter stages of his tenure at United, but he was keen to point to a CV which boasts 25 major honours as a manager.

Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp have been hailed for their work at Tottenham and Liverpool, but both are yet to win a trophy with their respective clubs.

Mourinho added: “I won titles everywhere I have been and I cannot run away from my mentality.

“Some coaches like to sell the idea of a philosophy, but you have to sell the philosophy after you win. If you win nothing what is the point?

“If your team plays very well, your team wins, so I don’t like these contradictions we have in football nowadays.”

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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has withdrawn from the France squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers due to injury, the French Football Federation has announced.

The 23-year-old played the full 90 minutes of United’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Wolves on Saturday but is suffering from pain in his right knee.

Martial, who has been replaced by Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar in Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad, had only recently returned to action following a groin problem.

An FFF statement read: “Anthony Martial is suffering from recurring problems in the right knee. He again felt severe pain in his right knee after Saturday’s match against Wolverhampton.”

World champions France face Moldova in Chisinau on Friday before hosting Iceland the following Monday in their opening two Euro 2020 qualifiers.

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Fabio Capello believes 'champion' Cristiano Ronaldo isn't a genius like Lionel Messi

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Fabio Capello

Former Juventus manager Fabio Capello hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as a champion, but refused to call him a genius.

The Portuguese scored a hat-trick to help Juventus overcome a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Atletico Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League.

24 hours later, Lionel Messi made a meal of the Lyon defence and managed two goals and two assists to help Barcelona win 5-1.

The Italian assessed the two greats and gave his verdict. While he placed Messi alongside Diego Maradona and Pele, he refused to talk about Ronaldo in the same breath.

However, Capello did admit that the Portuguese’s winning mentality makes him a champion.

“Ronaldo’s an extraordinary footballer, but Messi is a genius,” said Capello to Sky Italy.

“There are three geniuses in football: Pele, Maradona and Messi. Period. Ronaldo is very strong as he lets you win everything, but Messi is a genius and something else.

“I faced Messi when he was 16 years old and I was amazed. He did the same things he does today but 20 years younger because he was born a genius.

“He invents things that others don’t see. Ronaldo has made himself a champion, but not a genius.”

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