Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has called on Italy's top clubs to offer him a job if they want to return "to the top", revealing that he will return to management next year.
The Portuguese tactician has not managed since he parted ways with the English Premier League side last September.
Mourinho enjoyed an impressive three years during his time in London, winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup.
He has been linked with a number of managerial positions around Europe since his departure - including the previously vacant England national team job.
Mourinho has regularly shrugged off intrigue in his return to football, but he has now explained that he plans to make his comeback next season.
He revealed that he wishes to coach in Italy or Spain, before returning to England and then making his international bow, managing his homeland, Portugal.
"Now no, I am studying," the 45-year-old told Thursday's La Gazzetta dello Sport when asked if he wanted to return to coaching. "From next year however, yes."
"Italy or Spain," Mourinho said when asked about his future. "Afterwards I want to go back to England and finally be national coach of Portugal."
Mourinho went on to praise Arsenal's UEFA Champions League triumph over AC Milan, while distancing himself from Carlo Ancelotti's currently fragile position in charge of the current European champions.
"I respect Milan and Ancelotti but Arsenal deserved to qualify over the two games," he said.
There have been reports in the past suggesting that Mourinho may link up with Milan's city rivals and Serie A champions Inter in the future, however he has stressed that he has had no discussions with owner Massimo Moratti.
"I respect him very much as a person that loves football and his club deeply," he said. "However I have never talked with him."
Mourinho has also been linked with Juventus where he could replace Claudio Ranieri again - as he did at Chelsea.
Before heading to England, Mourinho led FC Porto to two league titles, the Portuguese Cup, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.
Source: Sky Sports