Wednesday 13 December 2017

'I trust my squad': Jose Mourinho issues surprising update on his January transfer plans

Jose Mourinho of Manchester United speaks during a press conference
Jose Mourinho of Manchester United speaks during a press conference

Simon Peach

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is not "chasing" any January signings but Old Trafford departures could force him into the market.

Speculation is mounting as the transfer window edges closer, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger among those linked with a move away.

Mourinho is again reportedly eyeing a move for Southampton captain Jose Fonte or his centre back partner Virgil van Dijk, but surprisingly, the United manager announced today is not expecting to to add to his squad as it stands.

"No, I am quiet and calm and see what happens," he said when asked about incomings. "As I was saying, I would like to keep my squad the same.

"But as a manager I never feel I have the right to stop people to try to be happier and to try to give a different direction for their careers.

"So if the conditions are right for the club and that moment arrives during the month of January, then we will have to react so let's see what happens.

"But if you ask me in this moment, am I waiting for someone to be here on the first of January, or are we chasing some player because on that date we want to have here a new player? Not at all.

"I like my squad, I trust my squad."

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