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Portugal seek Mourinho talks

September 16, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Portugal are hoping to convince Real Madrid to allow Jose Mourinho to take charge of the nation's next two Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Jose Mourinho
PA PhotosJose Mourinho took charge at Real Madrid this summer

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Having drawn 4-4 with Cyprus in their opening qualifier and then lost 1-0 to Norway, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) is now hoping that Mourinho will take charge of the qualifiers against Denmark and Iceland in October to get their campaign back on track.

FPF president Gilberto Madail has flown to Madrid, along with former president Joao Rodrigues, to speak to Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes, about the prospect of an agreement.

Upon his arrival, he told journalists: "I have come here to take care of Mourinho and other matters."

It is unclear whether Mourinho will attend the meeting, and Madail has acknowledged that "negotiations will be difficult", with Real Madrid unlikely to welcome the prospect of their manager taking on any other duties.

SIC, though, says Madail has several suggestions for possible roles and that Mourinho may simply assist another coach for the games.

Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said the club have not had any contact from the FPF and did not want to respond to speculation, but he added: "If it becomes official, we'll see what the club decides."