Jose Mourinho has revealed he sees himself returning to management with a national team rather than a club side.
Mourinho has been out of the dugout since being axed by Manchester United last December after overseeing the Red Devils’ worst-ever start to a Premier League campaign.
The former Chelsea boss has won trophies at clubs in four different European countries, but thinks now is the right time for him to try his hand on the international stage.
“I want to compete in new competitions,” he said. “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.”
Mourinho won La Liga as Real Madrid boss two years later and, while his spell at Old Trafford did not go quite to plan, he still picked up the Europa League and League Cup.
And he has not ruled out a return to club management.
“Winning a fifth championship in a different country or the Champions League with a third club are things I’d like to do,” he added.
“I wouldn’t do it just for that. I only go where a project convinces me.
“I want to be happy, not necessarily win, I want to be happy and I don’t want to accept a proposal without being convinced of it, that’s what I’ve always thought.
“That’s why if [a club] told me ‘today there are no conditions to win, but we want you to create the conditions to win’, then I would evaluate it.”