Date: 8th May 2019 at 11:55am
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Jose Mourinho has spoken out about his return to management.

On Sunday a report from Italy linked him with an approach from Celtic but the 56-year-old was keeping coy about his next move.

In December Manchester United sacked Mourinho who picked up a £19m pay off with clubs in France and Italy linked with a move for the former Chelsea boss.

Celtic would appear to be extreme outsiders to attract one of the most successful, and controversial bosses in the game but with Dermot Desmond’s contact book nothing can be completely dismissed.

You are desperate to get me a club!

I have lots of respect for the clubs and every club that shows interest in me and tries to contact me and believes that I can be the right person to be with them makes me very proud and respectful.

In the end I will choose one [club] but I’m not the kind of person to be discussing this because I’m full of respect for everybody.

Let’s wait and see but don’t give me the feeling that you want to kick me out of beIN Sports. Of course I miss it.

Neil Lennon remains the bookies favourite to get the Celtic job on a permanent basis but after Sunday’s story from Italy the odds on Mourinho came down to 2/1 making him second favourite.

Since Brendan Rodgers left for Leicester at the end of February Celtic haven’t made any official comment on the search for a new manager other than to confirm Lennon as caretaker.

With just six weeks between the Scottish Cup Final and the first Champions League qualifier of next season a quick announcement is expected as a close season rebuilding job begins.

CLICK HERE for the initial Mourinho to Celtic story.

eight of the 18 clubs in the Reserve League had applied to play in next season’s competition with St Johnstone among those pulling out.