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Jose Mourinho News: Former Manchester United manager in talks with Guangzhou Evergrande's owner 

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 23:42 IST

Jose Mourinho is without a club since his sacking at Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho is without a club since his sacking at Manchester United.

What's the story?

Recently, Jose Mourinho had a meeting with one of China's richest man and the owner of Guangzhou Evergrande, Hui Ka Yan, to discuss the possibility of becoming the Chinese club's manager.

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The Portuguese tactician was appointed as the manager of Manchester United in the summer of 2016. Mourinho enjoyed a successful debut season at Old Trafford by winning the Europa League and EFL Cup trophies.

In the following season, Mourinho helped the Red Devils to finish in second place, behind Premier League winners Manchester City. That was one of the club's highest positions in recent years. The 56-year-old came agonisingly close to a major trophy in his second season at the club as well. However, United lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Mourinho's tutelage at Old Trafford took a turn when he had disagreements with the board and the players. The club endured one of their worst starts to a Premier League season and eventually, the Portuguese manager was sacked in December 2018. Since then, the 56-year-old has been working as a pundit.

The heart of the matter...

Recently, Jose Mourinho met with Hui Ka Yan, and according to the Telegraph's report, the manager could be on his way to China. Hui is said to be a passionate football follower and wants to develop the football scenario in his country, and recruting a manager of Mourinho's stature is a step in the right direction.

Hui Ka Yan, the owner Evergrande group, wants to recruit the best personalities related to Football, helping in enhancing its standard. A plan has been set to make China a "world football superpower".

It is believed that Mourinho could be given the responsibility of creating a fluid structure which aids in luring success towards the Asian country. The Portuguese manager has also hinted about his interest in such a project. He did so by saying -

"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 they told me 'today there are no conditions to win, but we want you to create the conditions to win', then I would evaluate it.

What's next?

With Rafa Benitez's move to Dalian Yifang, Jose Mourinho could become the Chinese Super League's second marquee manager arrival.

Published 05 Jul 2019, 23:54 IST
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