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Mourinho rules out temporary Portugal posting

Jose Mourinho has put an end to speculation he would help out his native Portugal.
Jose Mourinho has put an end to speculation he would help out his native Portugal.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jose Mourinho rules himself out of taking charge of Portugal national team
  • Real Madrid coach tells reporters "the issue is closed"
  • Portugal seeking replacement for sacked Carlos Queiroz
  • Paulo Bento emerging as favorite to get Portugal job

(CNN) -- Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has ruled himself out of taking charge of the Portugal national team on a temporary basis for their next two Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Speculation was rife last week that the "Special One" would step in for matches against Denmark and Portugal in October and he told reporters that "if I was a free agent, I would go tomorrow."

But on Monday, Mourinho back tracked and ruled out the idea at his latest press conference.

"Being Portuguese I am always available to talk about the team, (but) as a coach the issue is closed and I don't want to talk about it any more," AFP reported.

Becoming coach of Real Madrid is like reaching the moon
--Jose Mourinho
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Portugal are without a coach after the dismissal of Carlos Queiroz and despite boasting three Real Madrid stars in Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Carvalho and Pepe have made a poor start to their qualifying campaign, drawing 4-4 with Cyprus and losing 1-0 to Norway.

Former Sporting Lisbon coach Paulo Bento is now favorite to take the reins and Mourinho said he would give him every assistance.

"Being Portuguese I always want the national team to be doing well. The coach will always have my support as the coach of three of the players of the national team.

"If he needs my co-operation and opinion about those three players, I will always be open to that sort of communication."

Mourinho, delighted by his side's hard-fought 2-1 win at Real Sociedad on Saturday, also took the opportunity to wax lyrical about his new job at the Bernabeu.

"Becoming coach of Real Madrid is like reaching the moon," he told their official club website.

"It is the most important club in the world. It means I've made it to the pinnacle, but I haven't won anything yet. We will see if we make history, but it's still history that has to be made."

Real host Espanyol Tuesday at the Bernabeu.