Joan Laporta denies Jose Mourinho interest

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Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has denied reports he wants to appoint Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as the Catalan club's next head coach if he is re-elected at Camp Nou.

The London Evening Standard carries quotes from the lawyer turned Spanish politician, distancing himself from rumours of a possible approach for the Portuguese tactician.

Mourinho spent for years at Barcelona in the late 1990s, working under Sir Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal before embarking on his own career in football management.

The 'Special One' as he used to refer to himself is currently enjoying his second stint back in charge at Stamford Bridge, after departing Barcelona's La Liga rivals Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

News of a possible return to Spain started circulating last week, in the build-up to the next presidential election after it emerged Laporta plans to stand again as soon as he becomes eligible for the post in 2016.

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Johan Cruyff recently played down suggestions that the 51-year-old Blues boss could make the controversial switch to Barcelona, and now Laporta has addressed the speculation head on in an interview with Catalan newspaper L’Esportiu.

"My style of coaching is with the [Johan] Cruyff philosophy,” he explained. "Mourinho is a great professional and I respect him, but I did not mention him with Jorge Mendes, a person with whom I have a good friendship for many years.

"From time to time, we talk about things."

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