Jose Mourinho says he is “too young” to consider retirement as he spoke for the first time since being sacked by Manchester United in December.
Mourinho, who was appearing as a pundit for Qatar-based broadcaster Bein Sports on its coverage of the Asian Cup, says he still belongs at the top level.
The 55-year-old had not spoken to the media since his dismissal in December. “I want to coach. I belong to top-level football and [that] is where I am going to be,” Mourinho said.
“I am too young, I am in football for a long, long time but I will be 56 in a couple of weeks and am really too young.”
The Portuguese was sacked as United manager on 18 December following a Premier League defeat by leaders Liverpool that left them closer in terms of points to the relegation zone than the top of the table.