Jose Mourinho has attempted to play down claims he could be tempted to quit Manchester United and move to PSG at the end of the season.
The Portuguese coach is approaching the midpoint of the three-year deal he signed upon succeeding Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, and negotiations over an extension have proven complex.
It’s believed Mourinho is seeking a significant pay rise to reflect the two trophies he led United to in his first season in charge, while their finances have also significantly swelled by their return to the Champions League, with the club looking a safe bet to secure a place in the lucrative knockout stages.
To further complicate matters, Mourinho has admitted his admiration for PSG and their ability to lavish vast sums on the some of the world’s top talents, leading to strong suggestions the Ligue 1 giants could attempt to recruit the manager as a replacement for Unai Emery at the end of the season.
However, Mourinho has attempted to downplay his chances of moving to Paris, stating: “England is a country where I work and live, and probably will live for many years.”
Reports have claimed United will offer Mourinho a new deal worth around £300,000 a week, though while nothing has been rubberstamped just yet, the United boss hinted last week that he will, at the very least, honour his current agreement.
“I signed a three-year contract and when I signed that three-year contract it was basically to try and improve the direction of the football team,” Mourinho told Mirror Football last week.
“And obviously when we want to improve the direction of the football team, it means to try and win titles, which we did already last season.
“But when we speak about titles, everyone obviously thinks about the Premier League.”
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