Jose Mourinho Says He Has Not Been Contacted By Paris Saint-Germain

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AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho asserted that he has not been contacted by French giants Paris Saint-Germain as he is focused on European success with the Giallorossi.

Mourinho is amongst the names listed as a possible replacement for Christophe Galtier at the Parc Des Princes this summer.

However, even though the Portuguese did not dismiss a likely move, his attention is presently focused on coming out victorious in Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final first leg clash with Bayern Leverkusen.

Jose Mourinho would be going head-to-head with one of his former players Xabi Alonso who is currently the head coach of Bayern Leverkusen.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Although reports in France claimed that representatives of Jose Mourinho had already discussed with PSG, the ex-Real Madrid manager wore a wry smile and said: “If they looked for me, they didn’t find me. They haven’t reached out to me.”

The man who led AS Roma to the UEFA Europa Conference League has one year remaining on his present contract with the Italian side.

Roma have improved relatively this season although they have dropped in quality and form in recent matches.

Xabi Alonso and Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid
Xabi Alonso and Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid

Xabi Alonso played under Jose Mourinho when they were both at Real Madrid and the Spaniard assisted Mourinho to win the La Liga during the 2012 season.

Alonso has been linked with the vacant managerial position at Tottenham Hotspur due to his exploits at Bayern Leverkusen.

Speaking on the relationship they share, Jose Mourinho said: “We have always had a fantastic rapport, more than between a coach and a player.”

Bayern Leverkusen sit 6th on the German Bundesliga table and Jose Mourinho thinks they are one of the best counter-attacking teams in Europe presently.

The 60-year-old said: “Xabi is very pragmatic. He uses the style that suits his players more, five or six of them could run the 100 meters with Marcell Jacobs at the Olympics.

Xabi Alonso

“They are very dangerous in this moment, they defend, wait for the opponent to lose the ball and then it’s difficult to stop them.”

Jose Mourinho had been linked with the managerial job at Chelsea in addition to a reported staggering over £100m deal offer from Saudi Arabia.

Ahead of the Europa League clash on Thursday, May 11, Argentine Paulo Dybala and Dutchman Gini Wijnaldum are available for selection after overcoming injury issues but they are expected to join former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on the bench.

Player absent for Bayern Leverkusen is the injured Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is on loan from Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho was in cocky form during their quarter-final victory over Feyenoord with the Portuguese having a go at one of the Dutch Journalists who came to cover the game.

AS Roma defeated Feyenoord 4-2 on aggregate to book a place in the Semi-final while Bayern Leverkusen smashed Union St Gilloise 2-5 to progress into the Semi-final.

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