Jose Mourinho has outlined his plans for the future, confirming that he hopes to return to management next year.
The former Porto boss has been out of work since leaving Chelsea last September.
He has been linked with a number of managerial positions in the interim – including the previously vacant England job.
He has now explained that he plans to make his comeback in 2009 and his preference would be to manage in Italy or Spain rather than England.
“Now no, I am studying,” the 45-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sportwhen asked if he wanted to return to coaching. “From next year however, yes.”
“Italy or Spain,” Mourinho said when asked about his future. “Afterwards I want to go back to England and finally be national coach of Portugal.”
There have been reports suggesting that Mourinho replace Roberto Mancini at Internazionale, but he has stressed that he has had no discussions with owner Massimo Moratti.
“I respect him very much as a person that loves football and his club deeply,” he said. “However I have never talked with him.”
Mourinho also revealed plans to “kill” Chelsea and he is eager to meet the club in European competition next season.
“If I play them in the Champions League, I want to go there and kill them – that’s my message,” he said.
Despite expressing his desire to beat Chelsea in Europe next season, he admitted he still felt a close affinity with the club.
“I still feel Chelsea is a part of me, I’ll have Chelsea in my heart forever,” added the Portuguese.
“I left and for five months you couldn’t get a bad word from me in relation to the club and you cannot do it in the future too.”
And Mourinho insisted he is still on good terms with the club’s owner Roman Abramovich.
“I think it was last week that I spoke with people from the club,” he said.
“I was speaking with Mr Abramovich and chief executive Peter Kenyon because we keep in touch.
“I was telling them I wish them always good, I wish them always to succeed, I wish them always to win.”