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PSG link as Mourinho looks to France

February 18, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Jose Mourinho has again said he would be interested in the possibility of taking charge at a French club as speculation continues to link him with a summer switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

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PA PhotosJose Mourinho says a move to France is 'a possibility'

Mourinho, 50, is widely expected to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. Although the former Chelsea boss has often said he would like to return to England, it now seems he could be tempted by life in Ligue 1.

"It's a possibility," the Portuguese told Canal+. "But I don't know when. I can't say when. But why not?"

Qatari-owned PSG are the only French outfit that could provide the squad and resources to match Mourinho's ambition.

In a radio interview with RMC last month, the coach also said he would be interested in taking charge of PSG, but added that he hoped that would not mean him replacing Carlo Ancelotti.

"I hope they'll have success with Carlo and [sporting director] Leonardo and they won't need another coach," he explained. "I'm happy Paris has this project. It's fantastic."

A swap between Ancelotti and Mourinho has been mooted more than once in the French media, with Madrid president Florentino Perez a known admirer of the Italian.

A recent article in Le Parisien claimed Perez had already contacted him about the Madrid job.

Ancelotti, 53, threw his future at the Parc des Princes into doubt earlier this month when he revealed his contract would only be extended beyond the end of the season if PSG finished in the top three in Ligue 1.

He told L'Equipe that he could leave the club if either he or the owners "were not satisfied".

PSG slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Sochaux on Sunday, which - coupled with Lyon's 4-0 win in Bordeaux earlier in the day - reduced their advantage at the top of the table to three points prior to next weekend's home classique with Marseille.

"I'm not annoyed - we've won a lot of games since the start of the season and you have to lose at some stage," Ancelotti said.

"I'm not worried. But we didn't do the things we normally do. Our next game will be different. For me, the title race is not back on as we never thought it was over, even when we had a six-point lead."

PSG, despite taking the lead through Alex, were listless after their Champions League win over Valencia in Spain on the Tuesday before.

Argentina international Javier Pastore told L'Equipe: "We perhaps had a problem of motivation. It's true we lacked a little, even if we don't pick and choose our matches.

"We don't make a distinction between a league game and the Champions League. We just had a little difficulty playing the way we want to play and couldn't string two passes together."