LONDON: (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho played down reports he is set to be offered a new contract in a television interview broadcast on Wednesday.
Mourinho, 53, signed a three-year contract when he succeeded Louis van Gaal as United manager in July.
Several British newspapers reported United were already considering offering Mourinho a new deal, but he said the stories were news to him.
“They didn t (offer a new contract) and I m not expecting them to, because they gave me a three-year contract and were being super supportive,” he told Sky Sports News.
“They always gave me the feeling three years was not the time I was going to stay and I got the feeling I was going to stay for more time.
“They know if one day they bring the contract I will sign, because I love it here.”
Asked whether a mega-money move to the Chinese Super League might appeal to him, he said: “China money is attractive for everyone, but I love more my football at the highest level.
“I m too young, 53, (have) too many years of football to go to a place like China. I want to stay in the place where it is most difficult to win.”
United have been strongly linked with a January move for Benfica s Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof.
Mourinho refused to be drawn on the reports, but said he would not bring in more than one new player.
“Let s see what happens,” he said. “If we buy a player we buy a player, but we are not buying two, three or four.”
Out-of-favour pair Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay have both been linked with Everton.
But Mourinho said he was happy with his squad, adding: “If we open the door for someone to leave, it is not because we push him, but because he wants to leave.”