Jose Mourinho claims his next job will not be in the Premier League but he would love to return to the English top-flight later in his career.
Mourinho's three-and-a-half year reign at Chelsea came to an end on Thursday when he left Stamford Bridge after a series of rows with the club's owner Roman Abramovich.
The Portuguese coach insists he will work in one of Europe's other major leagues next.
A reported clause in his 12 million pounds contract settlement with Chelsea that forbids him from managing another Premier League team for a set period ensures there is no chance Mourinho will be back in England for a while.
"For sure I want to come back but I don't want it in my next step," he told Sky Sports News.
"I don't want to leave Chelsea's and go immediately to another door.
"I think my next step must be another country, must be another experience, another football.
"But I am 44, I hope I have many years in front of me. I love English football and I don't change a single word I've said before.
"In football terms, a fantastic period of my career. I want to be back but not the next step."
Chelsea described Mourinho's departure as a mutual decision that suited both parties and the former Porto manager admitted his exit was probably the right thing.
"I'm doing this interview to clear up the one doubt.