Jose Mourinho has scotched suggestions he could become the next Newcastle United manager but acknowledged “an emotional connection” to the city.
Ahead of his Roma team facing Juventus in Serie A on Sunday, the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham boss stressed he was not thinking about a Premier League return.
After the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund takeover at St James’ Park, the expectation is that the club will see dramatic changes in personnel, with big-name players and staff arriving.
Steve Bruce remains head coach for now, but speculation surrounds his position, amid suggestions the new owners will want a higher-profile boss.
Mourinho would fit that bill, and has a track record of success in domestic and European football.
But when asked about the prospect of a switch to Newcastle, Mourinho frowned on the possibility and said he was committed to Roma, who are owned by American billionaire Dan Friedkin.
Mourinho moved to the Italian capital club in the close season, after his appointment was announced in May.
He said his passion for Newcastle is one that has been long held, stemming from his time working at Barcelona alongside Bobby Robson, who went on to manage the Magpies.
“The only thing I can say is that, for many, many years, I worked with one of the most important figures in the history of Newcastle, Sir Bobby Robson,” Mourinho said.
“And so because of that I have always had a bit of an emotional connection with that city and that fanbase.
“But it’s nothing more than that. I am here, I am really happy to be here, I am 100 per cent focused on the Roma project, the Friedkin project.”
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