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Jose Mourinho responds to Newcastle United link


Jose Mourinho has been linked with a return to the Premier League (Getty)

Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that he would be prepared to leave Roma in order to manage Newcastle United.

Following the Saudi-backed takeover last week, Newcastle have been linked with a host of managers to replace Steve Bruce.

Mourinho is among those who have been linked with a move to St James’ Park, as Newcastle’s new hierarchy have refused to give Bruce long-term assurances over his future.

However, Mourinho is adamant that he is focused on his role at Roma after making the move to Italy in the summer.

When asked about a potential return to the Premier League with Newcastle, Mourinho replied: ‘I have nothing to say about Newcastle.

‘I worked with Mr. [Bobby] Robson [at Barcelona], one of the greatest in the history of the club, and I have always had a connection with those people and that city that I know well by now.

‘But nothing more. I am 100 per cent focused on the project with Roma-Friedkin project.’

Jose Mourinho says he is ‘100 per cent focused’ on managing Roma (Getty)

Earlier this week, former England defender Danny Mills claimed Mourinho would be the best choice for Newcastle.

‘If you’re talking about being given money to build a team and be relatively successful, I’d go with Mourinho,’ Mills told talkSPORT.

‘If you give Jose enough money and allow him to do what he wants to do, he will guide you to success quicker than probably anyone else.

‘Newcastle can go slowly and survive this season. Next season finish in the top half, then top six.’

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