English Premiership

Mourinho: No thoughts of leaving United

2017-10-17 19:12
Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Jose Mourinho has poured cold water on speculation linking him with the Paris Saint-German job, although he denied being close to signing a new deal at Manchester United.

The Red Devils boss set to rumour mill spinning earlier this week when he told Telefoot in an interview that he has no intention of retiring at Old Trafford.

But suggestions that he will replace Unai Emery at Parc des Princes are completely unfounded, says Mourinho, who clarified his comments on French television to the press on Tuesday.

The 54-year-old also dismissed reports that United are set to hand him a new contract as reward for making an unbeaten start to the season.

"You English media have the answer for that because one day it says I am going to sign a five-year contract for one billion pounds for a season. Then the next day you say that I am leaving and going to Paris Saint-Germain," he said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash against Benfica.

"The answer is that nothing is happening. I am not signing a new five-year contract and I am not leaving for Paris Saint-Germain.

"I am at Manchester United. I have a contract and that is it. My answer was that I wouldn't end my career at United - after that some people tried to be clever, tried to be malicious. The reality is simple: I didn't sign a new contract but I'm not thinking of leaving too."

When pressed about his recent remarks, Mourinho added: "The only thing I said - and it is true, there was not a misinterpretation of my words - that I am not going to end my career at Manchester United.

"And I ask how is it possible in modern football that any manager is going to last 15, 20 years in the same club? [Arsene] Wenger is the last one. With all the pressure that surrounds every job it is impossible to last so long.

"If in this moment I wanted to finish my career in two, three, four or five years I would say 'yes, my ambition is to finish my career at Manchester United'.

"I think I am going to be in the job of football for another 15 years minimum and I think it is impossible to stay 17 years in the same club.

"It is an impossible mission even if you wanted to. But the reality is simple - I didn't sign a new contract but I am not thinking about leaving either."


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