Mour­inho rules out loan moves for fringe play­ers

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MANCH­ESTER:

Jose Mour­inho in­sists none of Manch­ester United’s ex­iled stars will be al­lowed to leave Old Traf­ford on loan next month.

In the week that An­thony Mar­tial’s agent talked up the pos­si­bil­ity of the United for­ward join­ing Sevilla on loan and Mor­gan Sch­nei­der­lin was linked with a £13 mil­lion ($16 mil­lion) move to West Bromwich Albion, Mour­inho in­sists no­body will be al­lowed to leave un­less the price is right.

Back-up goal­keeper Sam John­stone, wanted by Stoke, As­ton Villa and Sun­der­land, is the only ex­cep­tion and will be free to join one of those clubs tem­po­rar­ily.

“Sam John­stone is the only player that I al­low to go on loan. He doesn’t play one minute and he needs to play,” United man­ager Mour­inho told re­porters on Fri­day.

“I don’t want to sell play­ers. The club and the board is to­tally with me, but as I said be­fore, if a player is not hav­ing lots of min­utes and re­ally wants to leave, we have no right to stop him leav­ing if the con­di­tions are our con­di­tions.

“And up un­til this mo­ment, we have not re­ceived one sin­gle of­fer that we are go­ing to ac­cept.” That in­cludes Albion’s re­ported ap­proach for France mid­fielder Sch­nei­der­lin, who is sur­plus to Mour­inho’s re­quire­ments and is re­ported to have been told he will be sold when the win­dow opens, but only when an ac­cept­able of­fer comes in.

Ever­ton are also keen on Sch­nei­der­lin, signed for £25 mil­lion from Southamp­ton by Mour­inho’s pre­de­ces­sor Louis van Gaal, and the Mersey­side club are re­port­edly pre­pared to go to £20 mil­lion, the sort of fig­ure that will prompt United into talk­ing busi­ness.

The only ex­cep­tion to Mour­inho’s in­sis­tence that no play­ers will be al­lowed to leave on loan is goal­keeper John­stone and he has be­come ex­pend­able since the emer­gence of 20-year-old Por­tuguese keeper Joel Cas­tro Pereira who has leapfrogged above him in United’s peck­ing or­der.

BIG MONEY

“We have a young goal­keeper in Joel and a goal­keeper that played many min­utes in the past six months,” Mour­inho added. “And for the de­vel­op­ment of both, Joel played for six months in the Por­tuguese Premier League, now it’s time for Sam to play six months and that is the only loan move we are go­ing to do.” Mour­inho has re­acted to re­cent de­vel­op­ments in Chi­nese foot­ball by in­sist­ing that play­ers have the right to de­cide whether or not to chase big money moves to the de­vel­op­ing foot­ball na­tion.

In the week that Car­los Tevez be­came the world’s high­est paid player, and there were claims that a Chi­nese club at­tempted to sign Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, Mour­inho has no problem with play­ers as­sert­ing their right to take their ca­reers any­where.

“My opin­ion is ev­ery­one is free to choose his life,” Mour­inho said. “And I am no­body to crit­i­cise any­one or try to give an opin­ion on that.

“Ev­ery­one is free to choose, ev­ery­one knows what is their pri­or­i­ties. I think that is what it is about.” Mean­while, United have re­ported their pre-tax prof­its were up to £141.1 mil­lion from £81.7 mil­lion in the an­nual ac­counts re­cently pub­lished by Com­pa­nies House.

The doc­u­ments for Manch­ester United Lim­ited show the club had rev­enues of £253.9 mil­lion up un­til the end of June 2016, up from £201.7 mil­lion.

A new kit spon­sor­ship deal with Ger­man com­pany Adi­das pro­vided £72.7 mil­lion, while shirt spon­sors Chevro­let, part of Gen­eral Mo­tors, ac­counted for £52.2 mil­lion. — AFP

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