Jose Mourinho ‘has already chosen another club’, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas reveals… as former Manchester United manager turns down a move to France ‘to focus on Premier League return’
- Lyon dismissed Sylvinho as their manager after 141 days on Monday afternoon
- Jean-Michel Aulas has contacted former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho
- But the Portuguese manager has decided against taking on the job at Lyon
- Aulas has now claimed that Mourinho is set to take a new job elsewhere
Jose Mourinho turned down the vacant managerial role at Lyon because he has already chosen another club, according to club president Jean-Michel Aulas.
‘We had some fairly flattering exchanges over SMS. It was nice for everyone. He did not accept our proposal to meet because he has already chosen another club’, the Lyon chief admitted in a telephone press conference on Thursday morning, according to Get French Football.
Aulas had contacted the former Manchester United manager about the role after Sylvinho was dismissed from his position on Monday evening.
Jose Mourinho has rejected an opportunity to take the currently vacant Lyon job
French radio station RMC revealed on Wednesday that Mourinho had turned the job down as he focuses on a return to English football.
The Portuguese wants to find a job in England rather than moving to France, as his family are still based here following his time at Old Trafford and Chelsea.
Laurent Blanc is the other main target for Aulas and will be holding a meeting with the club over the coming days.
He is the favourite for the role and could be appointed before the beginning of next week.
Lyon are keen to have someone in situ as their new manager after the weekend.
But Aulas would not be drawn on the possibility of appointing the former France and PSG boss.
Laurent Blanc is the other main target and will be meeting with the club over the coming days
He said: ‘If he was my priority, I wouldn’t tell you.’
They have had a tough start to the season and are currently 14th in the table, their lowest position at this stage since 1995-96.
Arsene Wenger was also linked to the role as Aulas wants a more experienced figure in compared to Sylvinho, who was managing a side for the first time.
The former Arsenal defender lasted just 141 days as Lyon manager, having been appointed in May.
Sylvinho was dismissed as Lyon manager after just 141 days as boss on Monday afternoon