Jose Mourinho will boss Portugal at some stage in the future, the man himself has admitted as much.
When that day will be, though, remains to be seen.
It is unlikely to be any time soon, with Mourinho enjoying the day-to-day business of club management too much to walk away.
He will continue to be linked with the position every time it becomes available, with the England job another international post he has been billed as a serious contender for in the recent past.
Mourinho concedes that the honour of coaching the land of his birth is something which appeals to him.
He has even revealed that he once accepted a part-time role, only to see his employers at the time veto such a move.
Portugal remains part of his long-term plan, then, with Mourinho still very much committed to his duties at Chelsea and the pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple in 2014/15.
He told BT Sport: “They tried to take me lots of times and was only one time I accepted because it was a part-time job.
“I wanted to do the same time club and national team, and at the time I wanted to accept. But my president at the time decided not to let me do the national team job.
“After that I reflected and I have to agree it was not possible to do both jobs at the same time. It's not even ethical for a manager to have two jobs with so many managers without one job, it's not acceptable.”
Mourinho has not hung around long in any of his coaching positions to date, with three years about as much as he has been willing to commit to one side.
He has, however, returned to his spiritual home at Stamford Bridge and penned a four-year deal upon his return in 2013.
There is a desire on his part to complete the job he started back in 2004, with the Champions League crown having so far eluded him with the Blues, and you get the feeling that Roman Abramovich will not make the same mistake twice in allowing him to move on.