Thursday 27 July 2017

Manchester United target Fabinho admits there's 'no doubt' that he wants to work with Jose Mourinho

Monaco's Brazilian defender Fabinho celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Rennes (SRFC) and Monaco (ASM) on May, 20 2017, at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, western France. / AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
Monaco's Brazilian defender Fabinho celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Rennes (SRFC) and Monaco (ASM) on May, 20 2017, at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, western France. / AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

Samuel Lovett

Monaco midfielder Fabinho has revealed that there is “no doubt” he wants to work with Jose Mourinho, who he described as an “excellent” manager, amid speculation of a move to Manchester United this summer.

This follows his recent admission that he is “tempted” by the idea of moving to Old Trafford, with United currently in the market for a deep-lying midfielder to play alongside Ander Herrera.

Reports suggest that an agreement between United and the Brazilian has already been reached as the two parties finalise a £35m package ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

And speaking in a recent interview with ESPN Brasil, the 23-year-old further suggested that a move to United was on the cards after expressing his desire to work with Mourinho.

When asked whether he would wish to play under the Portuguese, he replied: “He is an excellent manager. No doubt.”

The Brazil international was also forthcoming in his praise for Mourinho’s fierce rival Pep Guardiola, alongside a number of top managerial names, including Zinedine Zidane, Tite and Diego Simeone.

After being pressed on which players and managers he wishes to work with in his career, Fabinho said: “Players, the one I think I would like to play together or face, to watch closely, is [Lionel] Messi.

“Managers, I would also like to work with great managers to learn more about football, learn new things. There are great managers in football.

“Guardiola, Zidane, who’s doing a great work, Tite, also doing a great job in the national team, Simeone. These are managers I would like to work with some day.”

He added that he strives to join a “big club” with a “champion mentality”.

“My dream is to get to the national team, get steady, play the 2018 World Cup and at club level it’s to get to a big club that fights to always be champion, with champion mentality.

“It could be in Spain, England, France… I want to play for a club that fights to win the Champions League title. That’s what I’ll keep seeking."

(© Independent News Service)

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