Manchester United boss,Jose Mourinho has responded to the “garbage news” which hit the back pages on earlier today.
Daily Mail claimed Mourinho was cutting an “increasingly detached figure” at United, and claimed the club are growing ever more concerned he could quit at the end of the season.
“Speaking about my work and connecting my work to the garbage news is to say the worst thing anyone can do to myself, is not to say that I am a bad manager, is not to say I am under performing, not to say 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, my dedication to my club, my job, my players, 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.
“But again I repeat I am in the middle of my contract, if I am going to sign a new one or not it depends on the club but my commitment with the club is total and I want to stay.
“I see myself here (after three years), is just a question of the club, the board the owners, Mr Woodward, they are all happy with my contribution and they want me to stay beyond the end of this contract,” said Mourinho.
His demeanour has come under scrutiny as United have fallen further behind runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Yet he moved to banish notions he has lost his appetite during a fighting performance.
“Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline, it means that I lost my passion,” Mourinho argued.
“I prefer to behave the way I am doing it, much more mature, better for my team and myself, I don’t think you have to behave like a crazy guy on the touchline to have that passion.
“That passion, you see it every day. The way a person is dedicated to his work, not what you do in front of the cameras.”