Jose Mourinho has revealed he turned down the chance to become Liverpool manager before taking the Chelsea job.

Mourinho was approached when he was at Porto but he rejected a move to Liverpool, who then turned to Rafael Benitez.

“I was invited to meet Liverpool’s representatives on the eve of Porto’s Champions League game at Manchester United in March,” he said.

“But I was preparing for a crucial match and wasn’t prepared to leave the hotel to meet another club.”

Mourinho was strongly linked with the job at Stamford Bridge as a replacement for Claudio Ranieri in the closing months of last season.

But Mourinho insists he did not talk to the clubuntil after the Champions League final against Monaco in May.

“Everything Chelsea did was correct. I wanted to leave Porto in a good way and Chelsea agreed to wait,” he added.