"I do not like feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal", he said to Correio da Manha on Thursday.
However, the La Liga heavyweights face a major stumbling block in the form of their former manager's severance package at Manchester United, who are due to pay him £15 million.
Since they did just that things have improved immeasurably for the Red Devils, with interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer winning five games out of five (four in the league) and bringing a feel-good factor back to Old Trafford in the process.
After his last job it seems unlikely that Mourinho would be handed the keys to the Bernabeu straight away but you can never rule anything out when it comes to Jose or Real. "The best way to respect a great club [Benfica] and a great president is to say that I was not approached".
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It was suggested that Mourinho, whose very first managerial role came at Benfica, could head back to Portugal, but he insists that will not be the case.
Recently, Portuguese club Benfica sacked their manager Rui Vitoria after three years in charge of the team, and Jose Mourinho has been linked with the job.
The Sun reports that United agreed to the payment following a meeting between Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes and United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
When a professional returns or is invited to return to a club it is a tremendous honour.
"When a Coach or player returns to a club, it means they did something positive there".
Manager Santiago Solari is under huge pressure having replaced Julen Lopetegui in the Spanish capital at the end of October.