Jose Mourinho says he is “too young” to consider retirement as he spoke for the first time since he was sacked by Manchester United.
Mourinho, who was appearing as a pundit for Qatar-based broadcaster beIN Sports on its coverage of the Asian Cup, says he still belongs at the top level.
The 55-year-old had not spoken to the media since his dismissal in December.
“I want to coach. I belong to top-level football and [that] is where I am going to be,” Mourinho said.
“I am too young, I am in football for a long, long time but I will be 56 in a couple of weeks and am really too young.”
The Portuguese manager was sacked by United on 18 December following a defeat to leaders Liverpool that left them closer in terms of points to the relegation zone than to the top of the table.
Since former Red Devils striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge, United have won six successive games and are six points off the top four. That’s a great step to gaining champions league football next season.
Mourinho will again provide punditry for beIN in Saturday’s Premier League game between Arsenal and his former club Chelsea.
It is understood beIN are paying Mourinho in excess of £120,000 for his two appearances.