has once again hit out at critics who blame him for selling Mohamed Salah
while in charge of Chelsea, insisting 'that's completely the wrong idea'.
Mourinho bought the Egyptian forward from Swiss side Basle in January 2014 for £14million, however he struggled to carve out a first-team opening at Stamford Bridge.
Salah was subsequently loaned to Fiorentina, then sold to Roma in the summer of 2016. After a strong season in Italy
he joined Liverpool and has gone to score 61 goals in 82 appearances on Merseyside, becoming one of the world's deadliest attackers.
Since Salah's meteoric rise under Jurgen Klopp, Mourinho has been branded as the man who foolishly deemed the Egyptian not good enough. That is something the recently sacked Manchester United boss has refuted again.
In an interview with beIN SPORTS
on Thursday, Mourinho insisted: 'First of all I missed out with Salah because lots of things have been told that aren't true.
'People try to identify me as the coach that sold Salah, I am the coach that bought Salah. That's completely the wrong idea. We played Basle at Chelsea when he was a kid. I analysed them for a long time and I fell in love with that kid. I bought the kid, I pushed the club to buy him. At the time we had fantastic attacking players, Hazard and Willian, but I told them to buy that kid.
'He was more of a winger that cut inside than a striker like he is now. He was just a lost kid in London, lost in a new world. We wanted him to become better and better but he was more of the idea that he wanted to play and not wait.
'We decided to loan him out to Italy where the football is tactical and physical. Fiorentina are a good team without the pressure of the title but when the club decided to sell him it was not me.
'I bought him, I did not sell him. My relationship with him was and still is good. I think that he doesn't regret that move because everything went well for him and the progression went well for him. He had a desire to play every week.'
'Lots of things have been told that are not true!'Mourinho rubbishes media reports that he sold Mo Salah when at Chelsea.#beINMourinho
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Mourinho also appeared to criticise Manchester United's management structure and the power of players.
He was gagged from talking directly about United but his answers to questions will certainly provide plenty of food for thought for fans of the club. Mourinho was sacked on December 18 with the club sixth in the table and having fallen out with several first-team stars, most notably record signing Paul Pogba.
Those frustrations were aired again on Thursday as he was asked for his thoughts on the ideal structure at a modern football club.
'We are not any more in the time where the coach by himself is powerful enough to cope and have a relationship of education and sometimes confrontation with players who are not the best professionals', Mourinho said, 'the coaches nowadays they need a structure.'
He added: 'A club must have an owner or a president, a CEO or an executive director, a sports director or a football director, and then the manager. This is a structure that can cope with all the problems that modernity is bringing to all of us.
'So, for me a club must be very well organised to cope with these kind of situations, where the manager is only the manager and not the man who is trying to keep the discipline or who is trying to educate the players.'