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Mourinho insists: I could never manage Liverpool

Jose Mourinho says he would gladly take over the managerial reins at Manchester United, Arsenal or even Chelsea - but he would never become coach of Liverpool.

Mourinho, currently preparing for his first season as Real Madrid boss, says he harbours thoughts of a return to the Premier League but could never take the top job at Anfield.

While he was at former club Chelsea, Mourinho had a fractious relationship with then Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, and he incensed their fans with a gesture during the Carling Cup final in 2005.

He told the Daily Mirror: "Manchester United would be a great challenge for me. But Liverpool is not the club for me. I know why, but I cannot tell you. Tottenham, Everton... Arsenal maybe. These are all fine clubs with very good managers.

"You can dream of what happens in one, two, three or four years. Who knows? I cannot say, but I think you have an idea of what I think about. I had a dream about being the manager of Real Madrid. It has come true. For me that is incredible."

Although Mourinho insists his immediate priority is wresting the Spanish title from rivals Barcelona, he has again spoken of his desire to return to England one day.

He added: "My ambition is success and I wanted to manage Real Madrid. I have no plans to leave. I have only just arrived. There is much work to be done. I do not know how long it will take. But I give my commitment to Real Madrid and we will see. Nothing is forever.

"But I have to commit. I can't say Real Madrid one season, Manchester United, Liverpool the next, Barcelona after that. But I like England very much. I have many good friends there."

Mourinho refused to rule out the possibility of returning to former club Chelsea - the club that sacked him in September 2007 - where he won their first league title in 50 years.

He said: "Many of the Chelsea players are still good friends of mine and I always watch for their results and progress. They are doing well. Ancelotti is a fine coach and that is good for the club because they are a great club with many, many nice people."

"I am careful what I say and what I think. For me it might be impossible. I don't know. I am not saying I would not like to. Who knows? Football is strange and beautiful at the same time."

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