After the announcement of Tite’s departure from command of the Canary Islands national team after the 2022 World Cup – the 60-year-old coach has been in charge since 2016 – Jorge Jesus was confronted during an interview with the show ‘Bam, Amigos! ‘, on SporTV, on Brazil, before going to Portugal, an invitation to take control of Brazil would be accepted. The response was immediate and without hesitation.
“It would be an undeniable challenge for any coach. Much more for me, have no doubt,” said the 67-year-old Portuguese coach, en route to Fenerbahçe from Turkey, who added:
“No coach in the world can refuse an invitation to coach the Brazilian national team. Even less me, it would be a great pride and a historic step in my career: to have the opportunity to work with the best players in the world. And the Brazilian players, I repeat, are the best in the world not only in quantity, but also in quality,” he added.
On the same show, Jesus revealed that he received a few offers after leaving Benfica in December 2021, including from two South American teams, including one from Chile, and even a Premier League team (England). And explained the reasons for refusing them.
“When I left Benfica, I had the opportunity to work in different parts of the world, including England. Everton – where Portuguese midfielder André Gomes plays – showed interest, invited me, but I wasn’t enthusiastic because I was used to winning titles, not just games. It’s a project like this that I’m looking for,” concluded Jorge Jesus.