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Benfica club president Luis Filipe Vieira has admitted Jose Mourinho was their first preference after Rui Vitoria’s departure.

Current coach Bruno Lage was told early on in negotiations that he was the club’s second choice.

“I said that if the talks with Mourinho didn’t reach a good point, he would become the head coach,” Vieira told TVI as quoted by Record.

Vieira went on to say that he told Mourinho he’d pick him up from the airport if he was to join Benfica.