Jose Mourinho has quashed reports suggesting he could take over from Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the season, claiming the Scot has the capacity to carry on for another ten years in charge at Old Trafford.

Ferguson himself sparked claims Mourinho could take over the Manchester United hot seat by saying the Real Madrid boss was more than capable of filling his shoes when he eventually steps down from the game.

Mourinho's former rival at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, has also been linked with taking over from Ferguson when he decides to retire. Last month the Scot was honoured with a statue outside Old Trafford to commemorate his successful 26 years in charge and admitted he may only last one more year in management.

Reports in Spain today suggest Mourinho will leave the Bernabeu come the end of the season no matter what happens between now and May, with the Premier League and Old Trafford potentially his next destination.

Mourinho has been vocal in the past of his admiration for English football, and has previously insisted he would return to the Premier League once he was finished in Madrid.

Speaking ahead of Madrid's Champions League clash against Ajax this week, Mourinho refused to comment on speculation suggesting he would be leaving Spain at the end of the season, but insists that Ferguson is some way away from stepping down as Manchester United boss.

"Friends are like this," the 'Special One' said. "Friends always speak well of each other.

"His succession isn't near. It should be in 10 years or so. He is getting better and better. He is stronger all the time. Why should he retire?"

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