Jose Mourinho is not interested in a return to Portugal for his next management role and is giving away very little about where he might end up.
Real Madrid could be forced to delay the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager over a compensation wrangle with Manchester United but new that Manchester United have given their green signal its totally up to Real Madrid to make a move for the Portuguese manager.
The former Chelsea handler signed an improved contract with United a year ago which was due to expire at the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option of a further season.
"Jose is able to take on another job right now, but is in no rush".
Real are struggling to claw their way back up the La Liga table under new boss Santiago Solari and are thought to be considering an approach to their former manager, who won La Liga with the club in 2011-12.
Since they did just that things have improved immeasurably for the Red Devils, with interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer winning five games out of five (four in the league) and bringing a feel-good factor back to Old Trafford in the process. "Everything has been sorted", said a source close to the former United, Inter and Real Madrid boss, the Daily Mail reported.
Sunday's 2-0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad was Los Blancos' sixth of the season, which saw them fall 10 points behind league leaders Barcelona.
He has, reportedly, already rejected the opportunity to return to Benfica, the first club he managed.
Mourinho, who was sacked by United last month after two-and-a-half years in charge, told Correio da Manha he has no intention of coaching in his native Portugal for the time being.
It will be interesting to hear the Portuguese's opinions on that match, but everyone will be tuning in to find out what he has to say about his final few months at Manchester United. It's not a gamble in the dark, the clubs are trying to hire a player or a coach they know because they've already been there.
Benfica sacked Rui Vitoria as manager last week, leading to reports Mourinho was under consideration.