The Portuguese spent several years working as Jose Mourinho’s assistant at various clubs
Rui Faria has rejected the advances of Aston Villa as they continue their hunt for a new manager.
The Villans sacked Steve Bruce earlier this month after fans grew disillusioned with the former Manchester United defender’s style of play and tactics.
Faria has reportedly said no to Aston Villa
However, according to Sky Sports, Jose Mourinho’s long-serving assistant has rejected the advances from the west Midlands outfit.
Faria walked away from his post as Mourinho’s second in command at Old Trafford in the summer, citing his need for a break after 17 years by Mourinho’s side.
Reflecting on his decision to leave, Mourinho said: “17 years… in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness.
Mourinho and Faria won countless trophies across Europe together across a 17-year period
“17 years and the kid is now a man.
“I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me, but his happiness is more important and, of course, I respect his decision, especially because I know that we will always be together.
“Be happy, brother.”
Speaking to talkSPORT on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, former England boss Sam Allardyce declared his interest in managing the former European champions.
It is thought other candidate Henry is close to accepting a job as Monaco boss, potentially setting up a clash with former Arsenal teammate Patrick Vieira who is at Nice.
After falling at the final hurdle in the race for promotion to the Premier League last season, the club are currently lying in 15th position with Kevin MacDonald taking temporary charge.