Shocking twist in managerial situation at Man Utd: Jose Mourinho finally speaks on the reported verbal agreement

Jose Mourinho Louis Van Gaal

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he has no agreement in place with Man Utd to take charge of the club in summer. The former Chelsea manager has long been linked with the job Old Trafford and is widely expected to replace Louis Van Gaal in summer.

The Portuguese manager though confirmed that he will take a new job and wants to keep working in Premier League. Mourinho was present at the Anthony Joshua-Charles Martin boxing game last night, and when asked about a potential move to United, he told Sky Sports: “[Van Gaal] is my friend, I worked with him for a few years.

“I am always linked with jobs and in the summer I will have a job, but in this moment I can promise you I do not have a contract with any club. I am not in a position to turn [jobs] down, I am in a position to analyse. I am in a position to be open to any club or national team.

“I have to be honest, if possible I would prefer a club but I must analyse to see what is best for my career and to be back with everything I have. I would prefer [to be in England]. I love the country, I love the football here, my family is very stable and happy. If possible yes, it would be my first choice.”

United’s current manager Louis Van Gaal will have one year left on his current deal in the summer, and it remains a possibility that he will get to see out his contract with the Red Devils.

Meanwhile, according to a report in the Telegraph, Van Gaal fully expects to see out his contract at the club and he is already drawing up summer transfer plans at the club.

Ahead of the Sunday’s league game against Tottenham, he said: “Playing in the Champions League is very important for player. But I also think that Manchester United are big enough to attract top players. Of course qualifying for the Champions League would help me when I am speaking to players in the summer. It always helps.”

But I want to stress that Manchester United are such a big club, and our salaries are so good here, that a lot of players will come here even if we don’t qualify for the Champions League.”

The Red Devils are currently four points behind fourth-placed Man City, but they have a game in hand.