Jose Mourinho says he's "too young" to think about retirement as he spoke for the first time since he was sacked by Manchester United.
Mourinho who was appearing as a pundit for Qatar-based broadcaster beIN Sports on its coverage of the Asian Cup, says he still belongs at the top level.
The 55-year-old had not spoken to the media since his dismissal in December.
"I want to coach. I belong to top-level football and [that] is where I am going to be," Mourinho said.
I am too young, i'm in football for a long, long time but i will be 56 in a couple of weeks and am really too young."
The Portuguese manager was sacked by United on 18 December following a defeat to leaders Liverpool that left them nearer in terms of points to the relegation zone than to the top of the table.
Since former Red Devils striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge, United have won a six sequential games and are six points off the top four.
Clubs need structure behind the manager'
It is understood a non-disclosure agreement signed as part of his pay-off at United means Mourinho isn't allowed to speak directly concerning his departure.
However he did say that clubs need to provide managers and coaches with support to handle "modern players".
During his time at Manchester United he clashed with several players including the club's record signing France midfielder Paul Pogba.
Everything good I did with players isn't news anymore," he said. "News is when you have issues. In modern football there's a problem between the coach and the player.
We aren't in a time anymore where the coach, by himself, is powerful enough to cope and to have a relationship of education and sometimes confrontation with players who aren't the best professionals."
Mourinho says trendy soccer clubs would like structuring so there's not a direct relationship "between the player and the coach" that he says leads to "hard decisions".
The club must have an owner, a chief executive, a sports director then a manager. this is a structure that can cope with all the issues that modernity is bringing to all or any people.
A club should be alright organised to cope with all of those kind of things where the manager is simply the manager and isn't trying to stay the discipline or trying to teach the players."
Mourinho said he was proud of what he achieved at Manchester United, particularly finishing second behind Manchester city in the 2017-18 season.
He said: "If I tell you for example that I consider one of the best jobs of my career was to complete second with Manchester United in the Premier League, you say 'this guy is crazy - he won 25 titles...'
But I keep saying this because individuals do not know what's happening behind the scenes. sometimes we, on this facet of the camera, analyse things with a different perspective."
Mourinho will provide punditry for beIN on Thursday's Asian Cup group match between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, moreover as for Saturday's Premier League game between Arsenal and his former club Chelsea.
It is understood beIN are paying Mourinho in excess of £120,000 for his 2 appearances.