Jose Mourinho is said to be “confident” he will be Manchester United manager, but Louis van Gaal refuses to believe talks have already taken place.
It was reported by the BBC on Friday night that United had held talks with Mourinho, with Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claiming a deal had already been agreed for the former Chelsea boss to replace Van Gaal in the summer.
That is not yet the case, according to the Independent on Sunday, but the newspaper has been told the 53-year-old is “confident” of being in place for next season, with United first making contact over a month ago.
Van Gaal, however, refutes such allegations.
“When I know that there is such a nonsense created about me, then I cannot believe there is already a relationship with Jose Mourinho and Manchester United either,” Van Gaal said.
“It [the speculation] is the football word nowadays. It is a pity, but it is like that.”
Mourinho: I will be back soon
On the record, Mourinho has said he is not certain where his next job will be, but the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss is sure he will be back in work before long.
“I stopped when I left Chelsea in 2007, for a few months, and now is the second time I stop in 15 or 16 years, so it is not a drama. But for sure, I will be back soon,” he said in an interview published in the Mail on Sunday where he was promoting Jaguar’s new SUV.
“At this moment I don’t know where football will take me, because in football you never know. But as a family, our home will be in London.
“I experimented with English, Italian and Spanish football, three of the top football sides in the world (Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid). I always say I need competition – I need competition every week.
“No, I am not enjoying it (not working). I can have my family, I can have my friends, I can have my quiet life, which I also like, and I can have my football. I can have everything together and I don’t need to give up on one of them.
“To be fully happy I need everything, so I go back to football. I think it’s my natural habitat. I have worked since I can remember, and as a manager since 2000.”