Football agent Ioan Becali has claimed that Jose Mourinho rejected a "blank cheque" to take over as China's national team manager.
The 56-year-old was sacked as Manchester United boss in December and is aiming for a return to football before the start of next season.
Becali, a close friend of Mourinho, is quoted by The Mirror as saying: "We met up to have breakfast in a hotel next to his house and he told me told that he had received an offer from China to take charge of the national team and they put a blank cheque in front of him.
"He told me, 'I am 54 years old, I want to work five more years in Europe and after I turn 60 I'll go to China'."
Mourinho departed United on the back of their worst-ever start to a Premier League campaign, leaving the club 11 points adrift of the top four.