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‘Loving here at United’: Mourinho plays down new contract reports

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.”

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