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Jose Mourinho happy to wait to ensure he gets 'right move'

By Declan Warrington

Jose Mourinho has revealed he plans to wait until the end of the season before finding a new club and will only return to work prior to then if he has no other choice.

The Portuguese was sacked by Chelsea in December just seven months after inspiring them to the Premier League title following an unexpected run of poor form that left them in 16th and just one point above the bottom three.

His reputation remains largely undiminished, however, and he has been intensely linked with succeeding the under-pressure Louis van Gaal at Manchester United or returning to former club Inter Milan.

The last time he left a club mid-season, Chelsea in September 2007, he waited until the following summer to join Inter, where he led the Serie A side to the treble in 2010.

And it appears Mourinho is perfectly happy to bide his time once again.

Mourinho told reporters in Singapore: "If I have to return to work tomorrow, I return tomorrow.

"I always feel that it is better to wait and not to rush. It is better to wait for the right moment and the right move.

"I think starting next season with a new club and project is probably the best for me.

"I read so many different things. One day they say 'yes' and another day they say 'no'.

"One other day they say I'm going to China, another day they say I'm going back to Italy.

"I go to Milan and people say I'm going back to Inter. I'm here and people probably say I'm going to (the) Singapore national team.

"Every day new things are coming but the reality is I have no job and I am happy not to have a job."

Meanwhile, Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio is unaware of any plans Antonio Conte might have to join Chelsea.

The Italy head coach has been linked this week with the Stamford Bridge vacancy that will be created when interim boss Guus Hiddink leaves Chelsea in the summer.

Reports in several English newspapers have claimed Conte is close to agreeing a deal to join the Blues after Italy's Euro 2016 campaign.

His contract with the Italian federation - the FIGC - expires this year, and the former Juventus coach has given no public indication he is seeking to renew the deal.

Tavecchio said: "There is no news about the coach's future.

"This means that, for us, nothing has changed whatsoever."

Conte, 46, was a dynamic midfielder in his playing days for Juventus and Italy, and has become one of Europe's highest-achieving managers since deciding to remain in the game following his retirement.

He guided Juventus to the Serie A title in 2012, 2013 and 2014 before leaving to take up the reins at Italy.

Chelsea put 69-year-old Hiddink in charge in December after Mourinho was sacked following that troubled start to the season by the Premier League champions.

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