Jose Mourinho has ruled out returning to manage Inter Milan - but says he intends on going back to Italy at some point in the future.
Mourinho's future has been the subject of intense debate in recent months, with the Portuguese coach expected to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season
Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris-Saint Germain and Inter are all said to be interested in securing his services for next season.
Recent reports suggested Chelsea were close to agreeing a deal with Mourinho to bring him back to Stamford Bridge next term.
Speaking after guiding Real Madrid to a 3-0 Champions League quarter-final victory over Galatasaray last night, Mourinho revealed he wouldn't be heading back to Italy in the summer.
“I want to go back to Inter at some stage, but not next season,” Mourinho asserted when asked where he could be next season.
“That is not a lie, that is my heart talking. I repeat, I want to go back to Inter, like I want to go back to England, but it won’t be next season.
“My next club will certainly not be Inter.”
WIth Inter out of the running, a return to England seems most likely, with Chelsea leading the race. Mourinho has been vocal in his appreciation for English football and the Premier League in the past, and could return to Chelsea having left under a cloud in 2007.
The former Porto coach has also been linked with taking over at Manchester United, although Sir Alex Ferguson looks set to continue in the Old Trafford hot-seat for some time yet.
Another possible destination for the special one could be PSG, who have also shown an interest in Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.