Jose Mourinho insists he was Portugal's 'ONLY choice'

Jose Mourinho insists he was Portugal’s ‘ONLY choice’ to take over from Fernando Santos after the World Cup but turned it down… contradicting their president’s claim that only Roberto Martinez was offered the job

  • Jose Mourinho claimed he was the Portuguese Football Federation’s first choice
  • The Roma coach says he decided against taking over his country’s national team
  • But Fernando Gomes said only Roberto Martinez received a formal proposal 
  • Mourinho, 59, is regarded as the best manager his country has ever produced 
  • READ: Paulo Dybala goal helps Roma beat Genoa to seal Coppa Italia last 16 spot

Jose Mourinho has revealed he turned down the option to take charge of his country’s national team, and insists he was the Portuguese Football Federation’s first choice for the job. 

The Roma boss admitted that he had been approached by PFP president Fernando Gomes ahead of the appointment of Roberto Martinez earlier in January, but ‘decided not to go’, as per reports from Cabine Desportiva. 

Reports had suggested that the 59-year-old was in the running to take over the Brazil hot seat, with Tite one of several international managers to leave their posts following a poor World Cup, but he appears set to stay at Roma.  

Jose Mourinho claimed he turned down the Portugal job to stay at Serie A club Roma

The former Chelsea manager was considered one of the contenders to take over from Fernando Santos following his exit, in part due to the belief he would be able to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo. 

And according to Mourinho himself, he was president Gomes’ ‘only option’ before his rejection of the offer. 

‘The fact that the president of the FPF said that I was not his first choice, but his only choice, makes me proud,’ Mourinho claimed.

‘But I decided not to go. I’m here and that’s what matters.’

The 59-year-old insisted he was proud to be FPF president Fernando Gomes’ ‘first choice’

Mourinho is perhaps the best manager his nation has ever produced, and is one of the most successful in football’s modern era. 

He has won two Champions Leagues, league titles in four different countries, eight cup competitions, five continental titles and completed a treble with both Porto and Inter Milan in a trophy-laden career.

And it is no secret that the former Chelsea and Manchester United coach is keen to take over a national team at some point in his career, and has even been linked with the England job at times over the years. 

Mourinho is widely regarded as the best football manager his country has ever produced

Contrary to Mourinho’s own claims, Gomes had previously stated there were several candidates considered for the role, but Martinez was the only contender to be formally approached.

‘What I can say is that we spoke to a lot of people,’ the FPF president revealed. 

‘I have a great relationship with Portuguese coaches. The only proposal we made was Roberto Martinez.’

Gomes insisted  that Roberto Martinez was the only manager to be officially offered the job

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