Mourinho: I will only work at a club where I am wanted

Mourinho wants full support from his next club
Mourinho wants full support from his next club

Jose Mourinho has insisted that he will only work for a club "where he is wanted", in comments that cast fresh doubt over a possible move to Manchester United this summer.

Mourinho has been widely reported to be close to agreeing a deal to succeed Louis van Gaal as United manager this summer, but there have been doubts cast over the appointment in recent weeks, with Old Trafford director Alex Ferguson among those speaking out in support of the club’s current manager.

Suggestions that Mourinho could be offered a chance to return as Real Madrid boss ahead of next season have been floated in recent days and now quotes have emerged from the former Chelsea boss that add to the suspicion that United may not be his next posting.

Amid rumours that senior United board members are not willing to endorse Mourinho’s appointment as the club’s next manager, he has offered up these comments to Portuguese publication O Jogo, as he hinted he would only agree to join a club where he will be given the unanimous backing.

“I'll take my ideas to where they are wanted. I need to feel comfortable and I like to be where I am truly wanted,” he is quoted, in what may be a hint towards the animosity expressed by some Old Trafford chiefs to his possible appointment.

“I want to work in a club with responsibilities, I want to work in a club with a difficult league, where there are no easy targets. Within these possibilities, there are not many options for me. Calmly, we will decide.

“I can almost guarantee that I’ll be working this summer. I’ve had good offers on the table, but I do not know where I am going. After a few months to recharge my batteries, I'll be ready to go with everything I have to give.

“It’s a matter of thinking, to come to a good decision and deciding it. In the summer, at the end of the season, everyone will know what my next club will be.”

This interview will fuel the suspicion that Mourinho and his advisers will not wait too much longer for United to make their decision on Van Gaal’s future, with these comments putting additional pressure on United chiefs to finalise their plans for next season.