Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed his desire to stay at the club beyond his current three-year contract. The Portuguese joined the club in July, investing over £145m on players in the summer window. The Reds are also supposedly in talks to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof for a fee of around £38m. Performances under Mourinho have greatly improved, and the team are becoming a real force. However, United still sit in 6th place and are a long way from contending for the title.
In October, the 53-year-old admitted that his current living situation was not ideal, perhaps showing signs that he was struggling to settle in Manchester. Various news outlets reported that Mourinho was to be offered a new deal at United, something the boss denies, but this week Jose did admit he would not think twice before signing a new contract at the club.
“I know that if one day they bring a new contract, I will sign it,” he said.
Mourinho also confirmed that he will not be making the switch to China in order to manage. The Chinese game is growing rapidly, and various players and coaches are venturing to Asia in order to ply their trade (and take advantage of their super-inflated wages). But Mourinho believes he still has many years left at the top level of football, despite saying that “China money is attractive for everyone”.
But Mourinho insists he is here to stay if the club want him.
“I want to stay in the most difficult place to win. [I’m] too young, too many years of football to go to a place like China. China money is attractive for everyone but I love more my football at the highest level.”
Mourinho also gave an insight to his transfer dealings next month, saying he is willing to offload unneeded players who have limited first-team opportunities. However, he admitted he feels bad for those who haven’t seen much action due to the competition for places within the squad.
“I still have some bad feelings towards myself because I didn’t give a real chance to everyone,” he said.
“To be honest, people like Ashley Young and Memphis Depay, I didn’t really give them a run of matches to play.”
[Quotes sourced from BBC Sport]