Jose Mourinho turned down Lyon’s approach to become their new manager because he has already found another club, according to president Jean-Michel Aulas.
“We had some fairly flattering exchanges over text,” Aulas stated. “It was nice for everyone. He did not accept our proposal to meet because he has already chosen another club.”
Ligue 1 heavyweights Lyon sacked Sylvinho on Monday after just one win in his last nine matches at the helm and Aulas had identified Mourinho as a target to take the helm.
Sylvinho’s arrival coincided with the return of club icon Juninho Pernambucano as sporting director in pre-season.
Aulas confirmed the decision to dismiss the former Manchester City and Barcelona defender came from Juninho, with Sylvinho’s perceived negative brand of football doing little to endear himself.