“I don’t want to speak about Pogba”- Mourinho
In the pre-match conference ahead of the Red Devils’ Champions League clash with Juventus on Tuesday, Jose Mourinho distanced himself from the Real Madrid job and refused to speak about Paul Pogba before he faces former side Juventus.
The Red Devils are currently second behind the Old Lady and are preparing to welcome back former hero Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford.
The Portuguese, however, was in no mood for trivial questions and showed no signs of sentimentality when asked about Ronaldo, Pogba or former side Real Madrid.
WHAT HE SAID
On Pogba taking on former side Juventus…
“I don’t like this press conference.
“I don’t want to speak about Pogba, I don’t want to speak about individuals, I don’t want to speak to the Spanish journalists because they are only interested in Real Madrid and Ronaldo.
“Now I’m going to play against one of the big clubs in the world, one of the biggest candidates of winning the competition, that’s what motivates me, that’s what brings me here and this press conference is going in another direction so if you go in another direction, I also want to go in another direction. No, I’m serious.”
On the possibility of returning to former side Real Madrid…
“No, I am happy here,” Mourinho said.
“I am happy here. I am happy to see out my contract to the very last day of that contract and I would like to stay after my contract runs out as well.
“All I am thinking about at the moment is Manchester United.”
On Chelsea coach Marco Ianni…
“I’m not happy that it’s going too far with the young boy. I don’t think he deserves more than what he got. He apologized to me, I accept his apologies, I think he deserves a second chance.”
Mourinho added: “I don’t think he deserves to be sacked. I don’t think he deserves anything more than the facts that his club was strong with him and he went through a situation that in the end, he recognizes that he was wrong.
“I hope everyone does the same as I did which is to not disturb the career of a young guy who is probably a great guy, who probably is a coach with great potential. I’m not happy at all with more than that.
“With me, it’s the end of the story in the minute he apologized to me. I would really like the boy not to go through more than that, let him work.
“Everybody makes mistakes, I made a lot of mistakes. So I hope they let the kid go on.”
Manchester United would look to bounce back from the draw at Chelsea as they face Italian giants Juventus tomorrow night in what would prove to be a tough test for Mourinho and his men.