La Liga news

Mourinho could manage into his 70s

September 26, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho says that he is not fully satisfied yet with his medals haul and hopes to remain in football for many more years.

Jose Mourinho
PA PhotosJose Mourinho: World-class manager

Mourinho explained that despite winning league titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, and two Champions League trophies with different clubs, his coaching career was still in its early phases.

"What I did was amazing, but at the same time I look forward and I feel myself better than ever, stronger than ever," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "I am still at the beginning of my professional life."

The former Porto, Chelsea and Internazionale coach, who will turn 50 next January, said that he could see himself emulating current Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson and remaining in football into his 70s.

"I understand perfectly why Sir Alex is still in the job and I think I will be the same," Mourinho said. "I love football so much, I love coaching so much. I am really very, very young. Even when I become 50, I have a lot in front of me."

The 'Only One' said that such a landmark could affect other people, but he will keep looking forward to life's next challenges.

"Fifty is a number with a certain impact," he said. "It is a number I believe sometimes has a psychologically negative impact on many people because they realise the world moves very, very fast and our lives are very, very short. It is a number that makes me think and look back, but also look forward too."