Sunday 15 September 2019

Jose Mourinho confirms Morgan Schneiderlin can leave Man United in January

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

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that his midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will be allowed to leave the club in the January transfer window.

Schneiderlin has been heavily linked with moves to West Bromwich Albion and Everton in recent weeks, with Mourinho happy to allow him to make his exit imminently.

"He’s a great professional, a fantastic boy, very honest, very open," said Mourinho of Schneiderlin.

"He opened his heart a couple of times, and my answer is simple - if he’s playing regularly with me, I have the right to say ‘no way’.

"If he’s not playing regularly then I have no right to say to a player ‘no’.

"So my answer was that if an offer is right and our board thinks that offer is a good offer in relation to the quality of a player like Morgan, then I would not stop him from going.”

United are seeking a fee in excess of £20m for the midfielder they signed from Southampton in the summer of 2015 and with rival clubs bidding for his services, that figure should be met.

Mourinho also opened up on his emotions as he headed into his first Christmas as United manager, as he says he feels 'at home' in the club:

Meanwhile, Mourinho has confirmed he is not expecting to be busy in the January window, as he admitted he was content with the strength of his squad.

“Central-defender position we have now all of them, Chris Smalling is back, Eric Bailly is back, Daley Blind is fine, Marcos Rojo is fine," he added.

“It’s a position where it’s important to have stability in options. We were in a difficult position a couple of months ago, but now we’re safe.

“We know Bailly is going to the African Cup of Nations in January, but for the next three matches we know what we have.

"We have a good squad, so there is no need for big changes. Maybe one signing, but not many."

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