The Portuguese Football Federation's attempts to appoint Jose Mourinho for the country's Euro 2012 qualifiers next month appear to have ended in failure.
FPF officials travelled to Madrid last week in a bid to persuade Mourinho to take charge of the games against Denmark and Iceland in October. Portugal, who dismissed Carlos Queiroz after he incurred a six-month ban, have taken just one point from their opening games against Cyprus and Norway.
However, although Mourinho has confirmed he would be keen to assist his country for the games, the FPF has not spoken to his club and it now seems any hope of a deal has ended.
Clarifying earlier remarks, Mourinho said in Marca: "The Portuguese journalist told me there had been no meeting between Real Madrid and Portugal, and I said that I didn't understand why there hadn't been a meeting.
"Then [Madrid general director Jorge] Valdano told me that Portugal have not asked for any meeting and what I meant was that, if the Portuguese Federation are in Madrid, I don't understand why they haven't asked for this.
"I'm honest and I admit that I'm sad not to be able to coach Portugal, but at the same time I don't have the right to ask anything of Madrid. It's a difficult situation."
Valdano confirmed Madrid have not spoken to anyone from the FPF and appears to have drawn a line under the issue.
"The issue of Mourinho and Portugal is settled," he said. "There has not been an official request from Portugal."