Jose Mourinho reportedly has turned down an offer to manage from Saudi Pro League side Al-Shabab.
According to ESPN, Al Shabab’s sporting director Domenico Tite started negotiations with Mourinho’s agent after he left AS Roma last week. However, the report claims that Mourinho has decided against joining Al-Shabab for the time being and is keen to stay in European football.
The 60-year-old Mourinho recently claimed he will work in the Saudi Pro League one day, but he prefers to wait to decide the right project. Al Shabab is in 11th place in the Saudi Pro League after just five wins from 19 matches.
“I will go to Saudi Arabia in some free time, but I am convinced that I will work there. I don’t know when but I am pretty sure of it. No one knows the future but I will definitely do this [working in Saudi Arabia].’” Mourinho said in October.
The former Manchester United manager has been linked with Napoli, but it is illegal to coach two teams in Serie A in the same season.
Mourinho was sacked after two-and-a-half years in charge at Roma, with Daniele De Rossi named as his replacement. Roma won their first-ever major European trophy under Mourinho after winning the Europa Conference League in 2022.