Jose Mourinho admits he would leave Inter Milan for Manchester United if Sir Alex Ferguson retired next season.
Speculation about when Ferguson, 67, will end his long reign at Old Trafford has been ongoing since he changed his mind about quitting when he turned 60 seven years ago.
His son Darren Ferguson, manager of League One side Peterborough, has also hinted it could be the summer of 2010 when his father finally walks away from the game.
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And former Chelsea boss Mourinho has revealed there is no way we could turn down managing United if approached about the job.
'Who can say no? Nobody could say "no",' he said.
'Manchester United belongs to a small group of clubs around the world where nobody can say "no".'
However the 46-year-old Portuguese does not believe Ferguson willquit Old Trafford and says he should shelve any proposed plans for retirement.
Mourinho added: 'But I don't believe he is leaving in 2010. I think he will be the same the year after, healthy and happy.
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'I don't see a reason for him to quit and I hope he still goes on.'
Mourinho has also backed FIFA's '6+5' scheme that has been proposed to limit the number of foreign players in domestic leagues.'The sentiment is correct,' he said. 'I'm not concerned about the exact number, 3+3 or 4+4 or 5+5, that's not the point. But the philosophy of teams to look to youth policy and youth development, I think the philosophy is correct, yes.'Mourinho went on to use the example of Inter defender David Santon to illustrate the importance of homegrown players.'I think this is also about the empathy between the team and the fans,' he added. 'In this moment you can see San Siro full of people with Santon shirts.'Four months ago they didn't even know Santon was at Inter Milan. In this moment they go to the stadium and wear his shirts - why? 'Because he's Italian, because he's made at Inter, because he's a young boy, because he's a boy who can play at Inter for the next 10, 15 years. So people can create a better relation with the team when they feel the nationality is there.'
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