Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is not going anywhere, trashing speculation that he would be looking for a new place to call home in 2018.
Mourinho claimed he will stay at the club as long as the board and owners want him, despite reports that he could resign at the end of the season after falling behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race in addition to frustrations with his players.
“Look, it depends on what you want to know and what you want to speak about” Mourinho said (h/t ESPN)
“If you want to speak about some news, I say garbage. I don’t find a better word to define the talk.
“If you want to ask me directly, which I suppose you want, if I see myself next season in Manchester United, I say I see myself [here]. And, as I told when I arrived, I’m going to leave when the club wants me to leave, because I have no intention to leave at all.
“My intention is to stay, and to work and to improve and to bring the club to where the club belongs and I want to stay. And I don’t see any reason not to stay.”
Mourinho signed a three-year contract with the option of an additional season when he took over from Louis van Gaal in 2016.
“I still have a contract, in fact I am in the middle of my contract, I am not in the last couple of months, and my desire is to stay until the owners and the board is happy with my work.
“Yes, I see myself here [after three years]. I repeat, it is just a question of the club, the board, the owners, Mr Woodward, they all want, they all are happy with my contribution and they want me to stay beyond the end of this contract.”
“Speaking about my work and connecting my work to the garbage news is to say that the worst thing anyone can do to myself is not to say that I am a bad manager, is not to say that I am underperforming or that I made a mistake in this game or that game, the worst thing someone can do is put one inch of doubt into my professionalism, in my dedication to my club, to my job, to my players.
“So yes, the garbage news affected me just on this aspect because it’s something I don’t admit. But again, I repeat I am in the middle of my contract, if I am going to sign a new one or no, of course it depends on the club but my commitment with the club is total and I want to stay.”
Reports also suggested that Mourinho has lost his passion for the game. Those reports were quickly trashed by the coach.
“Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline? It means I lost my passion?
“I prefer to do the way I do it, much more mature, better for my team and myself, you don’t have to behave like a crazy guy on the touchline.
“The way a person is dedicated to his work, not what you do in front of the cameras.”