Tuesday 23 July 2019

'All I’m thinking about is United' - Jose Mourinho addresses Real Madrid rumours

Jose Mourinho (Martin Rickett/PA)
Jose Mourinho (Martin Rickett/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he is focused on his job at Old Trafford, as rumours suggesting he could be offered a return to Real Madrid gather momentum.

With the reigning European champions set to sack their coach Julen Lopetegui imminently after a disastrous start to their season, Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez is reported to be considering a bid to entice Mourinho back to the club he left in the summer of 2013.

Yet Mournho was keen to downplay those rumours, as he suggested he is content in his current role at United despite mounting pressure in recent months as he declared: "I’m happy here and to see out my contract and I would like to stay after my contract runs out as well. All I’m thinking about is United."

Mourinho appeared to be less than amused by the questions directed at him ahead his side's Champions League game against Juventus on Tuesday night, as he side-stepped questions on Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo and urged reporters to change their approach.

A packed press conference room saw a wide range of topics thrown in Mourinho's direction and he deflected most of them, as he appeared to be agitated by the lack of focus on Tuesday night's match against Juventus.

"I don’t like this press conference, I don’t like to talk about individuals," stated Mourinho, as he was questioned about Pogba's form ahead of a clash against his former club.

"I don’t want to speak to the Spanish journalists because they are only interested in Real Madrid and Ronaldo. I’m going to play against one of the biggest teams in the world and that’s what motivates me and brings me here.

"I think the press conference is going in other directions and if it is I want to go in other direction."

Mourinho repeated his suggestions that Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni should not receive any more punishment after he taunted the United bench following his side's late equaliser at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Mourinho looking to take the positives from that game into the Juventus match.

"Contradictory feelings after Chelsea, what I told them is they have to get the best out of the feelings," he added. "Keep the pride and happiness and use that anger if you want to call it that to motivate to play in a good football match.

"The mood is really positive we were disappointed with the way the game ended against Chelsea. But a lot of stuff has changed behind the scenes since the start of the season. We have shown we can press forward and play.

"The challenge of tomorrow (against Juventus) is to win the game but we will do our best and see how we stand against one of the best teams in Europe.

Meanwhile, Mourinho confirmed Alexis Sanchez will miss the game against Juventus after he was absent from United's pre-match training session on Monday morning.

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