English Premiership

Mourinho: No United deal

Jose Mourinho (TEAMtalk)
Jose Mourinho (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that there is no contract in place which will see him become Manchester United boss ahead of the 2016/17 season.

Mourinho has been without a job since he was sacked by the Blues in December, and has repeatedly been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with United failing to hit the desired heights under Louis van Gaal, despite extensive activity in the transfer market.

However, while Mourinho has once again underlined his desire to return to management, he has dismissed reports that he has signed a deal with the Red Devils.

"[Van Gaal] is my friend, I worked with him for a few years," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"I am always linked with jobs and in the summer I will have a job, but in this moment I can promise you I do not have a contract with any club.

"I am not in a position to turn [jobs] down, I am in a position to analyse. I am in a position to be open to any club or national team.

"I have to be honest, if possible I would prefer a club but I must analyse to see what is best for my career and to be back with everything I have.

"I would prefer [to be in England]. I love the country, I love the football here, my family is very stable and happy.

"If possible yes, it would be my first choice."

Mourinho was recently linked with the role of Syria national coach, but he decided against taking up the position.

A statement from Mourinho's representatives said that while he was "honoured to receive the invitation" from the war-torn nation's federation he was unable to accept the offer.