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Published: 15:36 | 17/10/17

Mourinho plays down PSG speculation


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has played down suggestions he could quit the club for Paris Saint-Germain.

The 54-year-old signed a three-year contract, with the option of a fourth, when he took over as Red Devils' boss in May 2016.

However, the Portuguese cast doubt on his long-term future at Old Trafford last week by telling Telefoot that United will not be his last club.

There has also been speculation that United were ready to offer the former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss a bumper new five-year deal, following the side's strong start to the Premier League campaign.

United, who won the League Cup and the Europa League during Mourinho's first season in charge, lie second in the Premier League table behind neighbours Manchester City.

"I think you English media have the answer for that," he told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League Group A game with Benfica at the Estadio da Luz, which is live on BT Sport 2 [kick off 7.45pm] 

"In one day, it says I am going to sign a five-year contract, £1billion per season. The next day you say I am leaving and I'm going to Paris Saint-Germain. The answer is exactly that.

"Nothing is happening, I am not signing a new five-year contract and I am not leaving for Paris Saint-Germain. I am not leaving Manchester United. I have a contract and that's it."

Morinho went on to clarify his "last club" remarks on Telefoot, saying that he wants to manage "for 15 years minimum", but feels it would be unrealistic for him to still be in charge at United in 2032.

"The future is tomorrow. I have my contract, which ends in June 2019. We are in October 2017 so I don't know what to say," he continued.

"The only thing I said, and it's a true interpretation of my words, that I am not going to end my career at United. How is it possible in modern football that any manager is going to last 15 or 20 years in the same club? I think [Arsenal manager Arsene] Wenger is the last one.

"I think it's impossible for us, with everything that surrounds the job, with all the pressure that surrounds every job. I think it's impossible to last for so long.

"If, in this moment, I want to finish in two, three, four or five years, I would say yes, my ambition would be to end my career at Manchester United. 

"I think I'm going to be here in football for 15 years, minimum, and I think it is impossible to stay 17 years at the same club, even if you want, even if you try.

"Some people try to be clever, try to be malicious, and they say many different things. But the reality is simple: I didn't sign a new contract but I'm not thinking about leaving."

You can watch all of Manchester United's Champions League campaign on the eir Sport package. Jose Mourinho's side face Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moscow in Group A. The Red Devils face Benfica in the Estadio da Luz on Wednesday, 18 October on BT Sport 2 [kick off 7.45pm]

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