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Jose Mourinho turns down first opportunity after Chelsea sacking

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly rejected an approach from Roma after being asked to replace Rudi Garcia in the Italian capital.

According to Sky Sport Italia, as reported by Football Italia, the Giallorossi approached the Portuguese tactician to enquire as to whether or not he would be interested in the job.

It is claimed that Mourinho turned them down immediately as he continues to assess his options after being sacked by Chelsea earlier this week, while his connection with Inter was also understood to be a factor in his snub.

With the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid potentially looking for a new coach in the coming months, Mourinho will likely avoid rushing his next decision and assess the market before returning and taking up another role.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen how long Garcia is able to survive at the Stadio Olimpico, as Roma have now gone without a win in their last seven games in all competitions and were dumped out of the Coppa Italia by lower-league opposition this week.

In turn, that has raised the pressure on the Frenchman to turn things around, as his side have also slipped off the Scudetto pace despite being regarded as one of the frontrunners for the Serie A title this season.

While a win over Genoa in the final game of 2015 on Sunday would certainly provide the club with a boost, another disappointing performance and result could see the Italian giants forced into action and looking to appoint a successor to Garcia sooner rather than later.

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