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Manchester City rule out move for Jose Mourinho

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Manchester City have reportedly decided against a move for Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, even if Roberto Mancini loses his job at the Etihad Stadium.

Mancini's position is under-threat following Manchester City's dismal Champions League campaign - the worst even by an English team - and Mourinho has been mentioned as a potential replacement for the Italian.

According to The Mirror, Mancini now must retain the Premier League title at the very least if he is to stay with Manchester City but, even if the 48-year-old does get the sack, Mourinho will not be considered as a replacement.

Manchester City's chief executive Ferran Soriano and sporting director Txiki Begiristain, formerly of Barcelona, have reservations about Mourinho having previously decided against giving the Real Madrid boss the job at the Camp Nou.

Soriano and Begiristain interviewed Mourinho after Barcelona had sacked Frank Rijkaard in 2008, but were unimpressed by his aggressive attitude and instead decided to appoint Pep Guardiola.

It was a decision that paid off handsomely for Soriano and Begiristain, with Guardiola leading Barcelona to 14 trophies before deciding to step down from his position in the summer.

Mourinho, meanwhile, joined Barcelona's greatest of rivals in Real Madrid after leading Inter Milan to an historic treble in 2010, and took the Santiago Bernabeu club to the Spanish title ahead of Barca last season.

The former Chelsea manager, however, is reportedly set to leave Real Madrid at the end of the current campaign, but it would appear that a potential move to Manchester City is out of the question for Mourinho.

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