Jose Mourinho has reiterated his desire for his next job to be in England but said he was yet to sign a contract with any club including Manchester United.
We’ve been reporting on the Mourinho story ever since he was sacked by Chelsea back in December 2015 and the speculation has continued to grow on a weekly basis during that period.
Speaking at the Anthony Joshua fight to Sky Sports, Mourinho said his family is very stable in England and made it clear he didn’t want to move into international management if he could avoid it.
“[Van Gaal] is my friend, I worked with him for a few years,” he said.
“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.”
You can see it’s a case of me reporting it how I want to see it but Mourinho genuinely sounds like a man who is desperate to say Man United but won’t.
If he is to stay in England, the only job likely to be available which ticks all of his boxes is United, potentially unless Arsenal sack Arsene Wenger, as Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all secure and he’s not returning to Chelsea.
Mourinho’s latest comments are just another piece to the puzzle which is being put together one small segment at a time as far as I am concerned. If he isn’t United’s manager next season, I’ll be very surprised.