Sunday 19 January 2020

'I had to make my decisions' - Jose Mourinho explains decision to banish Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been informed that he is not in Jose Mourinho's plans
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been informed that he is not in Jose Mourinho's plans

Sam Wallace

Jose Mourinho says that Manchester United will add a 'very good midfielder' within days, with Paul Pogba's £100 million arrival imminent.

The United manager got as close as he has done yet to confirming the world record transfer of the French midfielder who will join in the next days.

Asked about Bastian Schweinsteiger exclusion from the squad, leaving Mourinho with 22 first team players he said: "We have 22 and we are going to have 23. You are right, I don’t like to speak about other clubs or players from other clubs. Other managers like to do that, they like to speak about my club and my players. I am very pragmatic on this.

"All that matters is what happens in my house and not in my neighbours’ house. Paul Pogba is a Juventus  player until he isn’t, officially, so we stay like this. The market closes on Aug 31 but I think my club is trying to do everything to close our market before the 14th."

Later, when discussing his squad additions, Mourinho said: "[We have signed] A young defender that needs time to be a top one but who has top potential. A creative player that we know the quality, a super striker, and we are going to get a very good midfielder."

Asked about banishing Schweinsteiger from the first team squad, Mourinho said it was the kind of thing that happened "at every club in the world."

Mourinho said: "The manager decides his squad and chooses a certain number of players to face the season. That is it. I normally like to work with 20 players plus the three goalkeepers, which is what I have done for 15 years, because we have so many players but at the same time we have so many competitions and especially the Europa League.

"That is a competition that changes a lot at the start of the season, with 15 matches and playing on the Thursday, a big risk of a lot of travel. You play Premier League on Sundays. I made the decision to be with 23 plus three goalkeepers, which is still a lot. I had to make my decisions. It is simple."

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