Jose Mourinho has rejected an offer to coach the national team of war-torn Syria, his agent Jorge Mendes has revealed.
The BBC reports that in an email sent to Associated Press, Jorge Mendes said Mourinho told the Syrian FA that, "while he felt honoured to receive the invitation, he cannot at the moment accept it".
Mourinho, 53, was sacked for a second time by Chelsea in December after a poor run of results left the club just one point off the relegation places.
The former Porto, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager has been linked with Manchester United.
Syria, who have never qualified for the World Cup, sacked coach Fajr Ibrahim despite reaching Asia's third and final round of qualifying, scheduled to begin in August.
They are 123rd in the FIFA rankings.
Syria have played their home games in neighbouring Oman since the country was plunged into civil war five years ago.Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN