Jose Mourinho: I am not chasing any players in the January transfer window

by Leo Nieboer


Jose Mourinho has insisted that he is not chasing any potential signings at Manchester United ahead of the January transfer window.

It has been reported in recent months that Mourinho has expressed an interest in the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Jose Gimenez, James Rodriguez and Jose Fonte.

Reports from Portugal also suggested that, following his agent’s claims that Man United were in the ‘driving seat’, Benfica centre-back Victor Lindelof was closing in on a €45m move to Old Trafford.

But Mourinho, speaking to ManUtd.com, claimed that he would not chase after more signings during the January transfer window.

“I’m quiet and calm. I’ll see what happens,” said Mourinho.

“As I have said, I like to keep my squad the same, but as I told you and I repeat, as a manager I never feel that I have the right to stop people trying to be happier and trying to give a different direction to their careers.

“If the conditions are right for the club and that moment arrives during the month of January, then we will have to react. Let’s see what happens but at the moment, if you ask me if I am waiting for someone to be here on 1 January or if we are chasing some player because we want to have a new player here on 1 January, not at all.

“I like my squad, I trust my squad.”

There is always a fine line between emboldening your squad with additional signings and remaining loyal to the players already at your disposal. Mourinho has seemingly placed emphasis in landing another centre-back or right back, with Lindelof – a promising youngster, capable of playing in both roles – serving as the most likely upcoming addition.

That said, with his side slowly gelling into a powerful, integrated unit, Mourinho won’t want to disrupt the valuable balance currently germinating within his squad.

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