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Jose Mourinho confirms plans to manage in Saudi Pro League, plays down Real Madrid return

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AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed his intention to manage in the Saudi Pro League, expressing a strong conviction about working in the region.

The announcement comes amidst a notable trend of players, including Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, making moves to Saudi Pro League teams, indicating a growing attraction for football talent in the Middle East.

In a recent interview with MBC Egypt TV channel, Mourinho, 60, revealed his eagerness to work in Saudi Arabia, stating, “I will go to Saudi Arabia in some free time, but I am convinced that I will work there. I don’t know when, but I am pretty sure of it.”

Despite the confirmation of his future aspirations, the coach emphasised his commitment to Roma, expressing a desire to give his all to the club until the end of his current contract.

The seasoned manager recently disclosed that he had turned down a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia to extend his stay at Roma for a third season.

Despite a disappointing start to the current campaign, Mourinho guided the team to victory in the Conference League and reached the UEFA Europa League final, showcasing his dedication to the Italian club.

Addressing speculations about a potential return to Real Madrid, where he previously spent three successful years from 2010 to 2013, Mourinho played down the idea.

He expressed support for current Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, stating, “When you have a super coach, why should you think of another?… I hope that the season goes fantastically and that next season Carlo is still there because I think he is the perfect coach for Real Madrid.”

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