Mendes: Mour­inho is ‘fully com­mit­ted’ to United

The Independent - - Sport / Football - MARK CRITCHLEY NORTH­ERN FOOT­BALL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Jose Mour­inho’s agent Jorge Mendes has taken the un­usual step of re­leas­ing a state­ment reaf­firm­ing his client’s com­mit­ment to Manch­ester United.

Spec­u­la­tion over Mour­inho’s Old Traf­ford fu­ture per­sists fol­low­ing a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son, which sees United eight points back from the Premier League's top four af­ter 15 games.

Mendes rarely com­ments pub­licly or speaks on the record, though his agency Ges­ti­fute is­sued a rare state­ment on Fri­day re­fut­ing sug­ges­tions that Mour­inho may leave United.

“There have been more ru­mours of Jose Mour­inho leav­ing Manch­ester United,” said Mendes, who also rep­re­sents a num­ber of high-pro­file play­ers in­clud­ing Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, in the state­ment.

“It’s to­tally un­true. José is very happy at the club and the club is very happy with him. He has a long-term con­tract with Manch­ester United and is fully com­mit­ted to the club in build­ing a solid win­ning pro­ject.”

Mour­inho’s side are win­less in four games, eight points off the Cham­pi­ons League places and 18 be­hind cross-town ri­vals City head­ing to the half­way point this sea­son.

Af­ter last week­end's draw with Southamp­ton, Mour­inho told Brazil­ian tele­vi­sion net­work that United may need a 'mir­a­cle' in or­der to achieve a top-four fin­ish, their min­i­mum ob­jec­tive for the sea­son.

The Sun re­ported on Fri­day that United were pre­pared to pay £40m to hire Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino from Tot­ten­ham and could get out of Mour­inho’s con­tract cheaper should he fail to re­turn the Old Traf­ford club to the Cham­pi­ons League.

United badly need a win at home to strug­gling Ful­ham this week­end but Mour­inho seemed guarded in his press con­fer­ence ahead of the visit from Clau­dio Ranieri's re­ju­ve­nated Cot­tagers, even though his side is tech­ni­cally un­beaten this month.

"I know only two days (to pre­pare) is not easy - Ful­ham are in the same sit­u­a­tion as us but prob­a­bly the way they are com­ing to play or try to play will not de­mand as much from them as us. But no ex­cuses.

"I sat here a few weeks ago speak­ing about De­cem­ber and no de­feats - that's a re­al­ity - good fights, good spirit, but just one vic­tory against Young Boys and three draws.

"And we need points, but Ful­ham are the same. They need points."

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Jorge Mendes made a rare pub­lic state­ment to dis­miss spec­u­la­tion

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