London: English Premier League club Everton yesterday said they have not approached former Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho for coaching position at the Liverpool-based football club.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Everton sacked coach Roberto Martinez last week, bringing an end to his three-year reign at the club, following a disappointing campaign in which they finished 11th in the League.

Reports this weekend claimed Everton had made contact with Mourinho to discover if he would be interested in taking over at Goodison Park.

Sky Sports reported that Mourinho has kept his options open and it is understood he would prefer a move to Manchester United if they decide to make a managerial change, replacing Louis van Gaal this summer.

When asked about United in Mexico City last week, the Portuguese said, "I don't know. I know nothing about it really. I don't have a club.

"In July, I will be back. So we are in May. May to July is nothing. I'm enjoying my life and enjoying my family. But in July I am back."

Mourinho and his agent will consider all viable options as the Portuguese plans his return to management.