Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho admitted today that he still felt "bitter" at not being able to take up the offer of coaching his native Portugal for two UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying games.
Portugal had asked if Mourinho could take the reins for the next two EURO 2012 qualifiers, following the dismissal of previous coach Carlos Queiroz, only for his club Real Madrid to block the move.
Mourinho, 47, said that while he could understand Real's position he would have liked to help his national team.
"For two days I felt and I thought like the Portugal coach. And I liked it," he wrote in an article published on the website of the Association of Football Coaches.
"But I have to admit that Real Madrid is a giant institution, which 'bought' me from Inter [Milan], who pay me, and who cannot run the risk faced with their shareholders and followers."
"In retrospect, it's an easy decision to understand," said Mourinho, adding that he "still had a bitter taste at not being able to help".
Former Inter boss Mourinho, who last year won the second UEFA Champions League title of his career, wished new Portugal coach Paulo Bento the best.
"Portugal now have a coach and he should be recognised by everyone as 'our coach' and 'the best'," added Mourinho.