Jose Mourinho rejects Newcastle job claiming he would not join a club that doesn’t share the same lofty ambitions.
Rafa Benitez walked away from Newcastle after it was revealed he had not signed a new contract and Mourinho since emerged as a candidate for the vacant position.
The Spaniard, who had been on talks over a contract extension at Newcastle but became frustrated with progress, wanted the promise of more investment, greater control and an improvement on his £6million-per-year salary.
Mourinho is still looking for a new challenge after he was sacked by Manchester United last December.
But the Portuguese manager, while not referring specifically to Newcastle, has claimed he would never manage a club that doesn’t ‘play to win’.
In a video recorded before Benitez’s shock departure on Tuesday, Mourinho told The Coaches’ voice: ‘The only thing that I know is what I don’t want: I am quite pathological in the sense of I have to play to win.
‘Then, if I don’t win, then that’s my problem and the players and the club and the structure but I need a project where the feeling is I play to win.
‘If somebody gives me a wonderful 10-year contract and the objective of the team is to stay in the first half of the table and if you finish seventh, eighth or ninth, it’s perfect, then that’s not for me. That’s my nature. My next (goal) is to fight to win.’