The former Chelsea boss targeted Singaporeâ€™s S-League as one of those competitions in Asia that needed to improve its competitiveness.
â€śTo me, the S-League championship is still very young. It's just over a decade old and quite different from ours. There are 12 teams in the league compared to the 20 we have and there's no promotion or relegation,â€ť Mourinho told The New Paper.
â€śI think it is a tournament with a loss of competitiveness.
â€śI've heard about the Singapore Armed Forces and how they have won the (S-League) title seven times,â€ť he added.
â€śIn spite of his age, Aleksander Duric is still a great player. In the last two years, I can (see) that (he) has been the best player in the S-League, which is an achievement.â€ť
Mourinho identified the development of youth as the major way to improve football standards in the country.
â€śTo improve the development of footballing talent, there has to be a great effort and energy invested in the youths. Don't leave it to chance,â€ť he warned.
â€śInter realised that in order for young players to go far, they needed a good foundation.
â€śI believe that Asia has the talent to be appreciated at the same level as other nations, especially for players who decide to try their hand at becoming professional.â€ť