José Mourinho has responded to speculation that he is unhappy at Manchester United calling the news ‘garbage’ and denied any rift between himself and the owners and the board.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s FA Cup third round tie at home to Derby, Mourinho insisted he remains committed to United and intends to stay at the club beyond his three-year deal signed in 2016, unless the Old Trafford hierarchy want him to leave.
“I say garbage. I don’t find a better word than to define the talk,” Mourinho said.
“The worst thing someone can do is put one inch of doubt into my professionalism, to every detail related to my job, so yes the garbage news affected me just on this aspect because it’s something I don’t admit.
“I repeat I am in the middle of my contract, if I am going to sign a new one it depends on the club but my commitment is total and I want to stay.”
It is believed talks about a contract extension have already begun between Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes and United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. But the soon to be 55-year-old has said in the past he has a desire to do new things and doesn’t intend to finish his career at United.
The recent speculation began after the Portuguese boss started to look unhappy on the sidelines. Since he joined United eighteen months ago, Mourinho has cut a restrained figure in the technical area.
However he insists he still has a fierce desire to win and said just because he does not jump around on the touchline does not mean he lacks passion.
United are currently second in the Premier League, 15 points adrift of a Manchester City side managed by his old rival Pep Guardiola. They have progressed through to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Sevilla.