Southampton defender Jose Fonte opens up about Manchester United links

by Leo Nieboer

Southampton defender Jose Fonte has opened up about the speculation over the summer linking him with a move to Manchester United.

Various reports suggested that Jose Mourinho was keen on luring the Portuguese centre-back to Old Trafford as a replacement for Marcos Rojo, who was also linked with a move away at the time.

The 32-year-old, when asked to comment on the links back in August, admitted to being flattered by Man United’s interest but insisted he was committed to his endeavours at Southampton.

Fonte, speaking earlier this week, refused to rule out a move to Old Trafford, claiming that the future belongs to God.

“What I saw was in social media. There was a lot of talk about it,” he said.

“I’m very proud to be a Southampton player. The future belongs to God.

“I’m focused on the national team. Questions about clubs and possible transfers are best left to another time.”

Mourinho’s interest in Fonte comes as no surprise. The Portuguese encompasses everything he admires in a centre-back: power, grit, strength, stature and a calm head.

But at the age of 32, Fonte is entering the terminal stages of his career. And with the likes of Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind – alongside the exciting prospect of Timothy Fosu-Mensah – all capable of maintaining a place in the starting XI, the defender would struggle for regular game time at Old Trafford.

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