The Real Madrid coach, who was in charge of Chelsea from 2004 to 2007, told France Football that he is extremely likely to come back to England but not before his contract with Real expires.
“Without wishing to predict the future, I’m just saying that I think of returning to England,” he said. “But not until after Real – at least until 2016.”
Mourinho has been tipped as a possible successor to Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson whose tenure at Old Trafford may well go on until 2016.
Speaking more generally about the state of European football, the Portugese coach added: “The game played by Real enchants me. Real are champions of Spain, Chelsea are champions of Europe – Barcelona is neither one nor the other and PSG is not yet a great team.”
Speculation has also linked Mourinho with Paris Saint-Germain, currently managed by another former Chelsea boss, Carlo Ancelotti, though he was quick to dispel any suggestion of a move to the big-spending French club.
“The last time I had a question about Paris Saint-Germain I said that first of all they have a great coach and then that they do not need Mourinho. Full stop.”