Manchester United preparing to offer Jose Mourinho a contract extension - reports
Manchester United officials have held talks with Jose Mourinho’s advisers over a new contract for the Portuguese tactician.
Mourinho’s future as United manager has been the subject of considerable speculation after he hinted in an interview that he may be interested in taking over as manager of Paris Saint-Germain in a recent interview.
With Mourinho still living in Manchester Lowry hotel some 18 months into his reign as the club’s manager and his family still living in London, there have been rumours in recent days that he may be considering his future at the club.
Yet the latest reports suggest United are keen to build a future with Mourinho, whose current contract is due to expire at the end of the 2018/19 season.
The latest reports claim that a one-year contract extension is a possibility, with Mourinho’s stating he is keen to change his record of never staying at any one club for more than three years by setting down roots at United.
“A minimum of three years, I think I will be here, I think the club understood the necessity to give stability to all levels,” he said last year.
“I believe if we do that, even without a massive success, which is harder in football, even more so in England, but with some type of success, I see myself staying here if they want me to stay.
“If they want me to stay I will stay, but like I say, we both need to be happy. I'm not a type of person to be at a club for 10, 15 years, without real success.
“I need to have true success, my life is like that, I need that pride and happiness. In all honesty, I would like things to go well and be here many years.”
Some United fans have expressed their discontent with Mourinho in recent weeks, with what is perceived to be his negative style of play and his sullen mood in press conferences adding to the suspicion that he is less than content with life at United.
However, club insiders are keen to make it clear that the coach who guided United to EFL Cup and Europa League success last season has their backing to continue in his post.