Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has denied he is about to sign a lucrative new deal and also dismissed suggestions he is off to PSG
Jose Mourinho has denied he is close to signing a contract extension at Manchester United and cooled talk of him managing Paris Saint-Germain.
The United boss is halfway through the three-year deal he signed to succeed Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in 2016.
Mourinho stated earlier this week he has a “desire to do new things” and also described PSG as “special” in an interview with French television.
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But he was coy when asked to elaborate on those comments in Lisbon on Tuesday afternoon ahead of United’s Champions League clash with Benfica.
“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,” Mourinho said.
“Then the next day you say that I am leaving and going to Paris Saint-Germain.
“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 further about the interview in Telefoot, he explained he believes it is impossible for managers in the modern era to spend decades at one club but did hint he does himself at Old Trafford for a few more years.
The 54-year-old continued: “The only thing I said – and it is true, there was not a misinterpretation of my words – is 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 impossible to stay 17 years in the same club.
“It is an impossible mission even if you wanted to. So that was my answer. I don’t think I am going to finish my career at Manchester United. After that some people tried to be clever, some people tried to be malicious.
“But the reality is simple – I didn’t sign a new contract but I am not thinking about leaving either.”