It had been reported by several outlets that Sheikh Khaled’s first choice target was the former Man Utd and Chelsea boss should the Bin Zayed Group complete a takeover, however Jose admits today that he wants to compete in ‘new competitions’ – with him also eyeing a roll in international football.
Here’s what he’s had to say today when speaking to Eleven Sports:
“I want to compete in new competitions.
“I think about the World Cup and the European Championships.
“For a long time I have had the desire to try out such an adventure. Right now, I see myself more at a national team than with a new club.
“Is Portugal the right team for me? Not necessarily.
“Winning a fifth championship in a different country or the Champions League with a third club are things I’d like to do.
“I wouldn’t do it just for that. I only go where a project convinces me.”
I’ll always have a soft spot for Mourinho following his relationship with Sir Bobby and the appreciation he seems to have for Newcastle United fans, St James’ Park and the club itself, however I would pick Rafa over Jose every day of the week.
Mourinho at Newcastle under new owners has the potential to be brilliant, but if big money and ambition is going to finally arrive on Tyneside, it’s Rafa Benitez who deserves the chance to take us forward.
He’s building something here and has often said how much he’d love to stay for 10 years and create a real ‘project’, where as Mourinho has rarely stuck around for more than 2 years in his most recent jobs.