Madrid: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho on Saturday refused to be drawn into discussion on his future at the club after he was spotted visiting London in midweek.
The lightning trip last Tuesday fuelled speculation that the Portuguese coach is ready to accept a role in England at the end of this season, but speaking ahead of his side's match with Espanyol on Sunday Mourinho was blunt.
"It's not my problem," he said, referring to the speculation.
"I don't have to explain my private life to anyone. When anyone from the club leaves the city, out of courtesy we inform the club. I left on my last day off and I told the chairman and the chief executive, I don't have to ask the permission of the press or anyone else," he said.
He was, however, happy to discuss the future of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, linked to a summer move to both Manchester City and Chelsea in recent weeks.
"Higuain is one of the best strikers in the world and only a stupid manager would want him to leave the club, he is very special for me and I have no intention of allowing him to go," he said.
On the 10-point gap his team enjoys over Barcelona at the top of La Liga Mourinho was clear.
"When we talk in football about competitions not being won until it is mathematically certain it always seems to be an old saying and that we are repeating ourselves. But it is true and always will be," he said.