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By ESPN Staff
Feb 29, 2008

'Mourinho rebuffed Lyon, and heads to Barca'

Jose Mourinho turned down an offer to coach Lyon after leaving Chelsea, according to Bernard Lacombe, the advisor to the French club's president. Speaking in France Football magazine, former Lyon player Lacombe said club president Jean-Michel Aulas approached Mourinho after the Portuguese coach left Stamford Bridge last September, and after Alain Perrin had already taken charge of the French champions. 'I know that the president approached him (Mourinho),' said Lacombe. 'But the talks didn't go very far. Mourinho was in need of some rest.' Reports in the French magazine also suggest Mourinho rejected the move as a deal has already been done to take him to Barcelona next season. In a three-page report under the headline `No to Lyon, Yes to Barca' the magazine claimed Mourinho has held meetings with officials at the Catalan club, during which he received `dossiers' containing lists of players the club hopes to sign.