Manchester United won’t be getting players from Portugal. This is according to new manager Jose Mourinho. This despite the fact the Mourinho also comes from Portugal. Although the team has a number of players from Portugal, so far he has no plans to add more from it.
According to ESPN Manchester United did not take midfielder Renato Sanches from Benfica. Sanches has joined Bayer Munich on May 10 for 35 million Euro. Aside from Mourinho, Manchester also has Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes. Still, despite the contacts Mendes has in Portugal Mourinho maintains that he won’t be getting from Portugal.
This has been insisted upon by Mourinho during a lecture at Lisbon University where he said that he won’t be signing any player coming from the country. However he did say that he is ready to spend the 200 million British pounds budget that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward would give to him to get new players, the Daily Star reports.
He may not be getting players from Portugal, but the Express reports that Mourinho has approved of the new contracts for Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson as well as offering another year of extension for midfielder Michael Carrick. Carrick is said to be popular and an influential member of the team, which might be the reason for his extension.
As yet another might be given a chance to play for Manchester. Tim Fosu-Mensah is said to be the next one that is being eyed to join the team. If it pushes through, he will get the same deals given to Rashford and Borthwick-Jackson.
With a new manager, players as well are hoping to impress him. Daley Blind is said to have expressed a desire to be part of Manchester and is out to prove he can be part of the team. Reportedly though Mourinho thinks he is small to fit into the team, a notion that Blind wants to prove otherwise.
“I might not be as big as Pepe, but I think I have shown in the Premiere League that I can hold my own defensively,” Blind has stated about what he can bring in to Manchester.
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