Jose Mourinho wants to return to management by June but has already turned down four job offers as he searches for the right move.
The 56-year-old left Manchester United in December, and says he has spent his time away from management merely preparing to go back into it with another top side.
A return to Real Madrid was seen as a natural fit before Ziedine Zidane was surprisingly brought back to the club, but there will still surely be plenty of options for the Portuguese.
The former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss says he wants to be installed at his new club by June in order to have a complete pre-season to get his feet under the table.
"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 preparing for management return
Mourinho insists he is not missing anything during his time away from management, and is preparing to hit the ground running when he returns.
"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.
Mourinho's next club betting
- 4/1 Inter Milan
- 5/1 Everton
- 8/1 Monaco, PSG
- 9/1 Bayern Munich, Benfica
"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Mourinho’s main problem at Old Trafford was his style of football looked outdated compared to the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino.
However, Mourinho insists he will not change his win-first mentality, as he continually points to the fact that both Klopp and Pochettino have not delivered any trophies at Liverpool or Tottenham.
"I won titles everywhere I have been and I cannot run away from my mentality, he added. "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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