Jose Mourinho believes he has a gentleman’s agreement with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to become the next Manchester United manager, according to Manchester Evening News.
The former Chelsea boss has been heavily linked with the United job in recent weeks with current manager Louis van Gaal seemingly close to getting the sack.
Although the report states that a pre-contract deal is yet to be singed by Mourinho, the Portuguese boss is convinced he’s made a verbal agreement with Woodward to take over at Old Trafford.
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Van Gaal has experienced a tough week after his side lost to relegation-threatened Sunderland last weekend before being embarrassed by Danish minnows Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday.
After their 2-1 defeat in Denmark, Woodward contract Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, making sure his stance on succeeding Van Gaal hasn’t changed.
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It’s reported that Mendes is keen for his client to take over for the remainder of the season but it appears that Woodward is willing to wait until the end of the season to dismiss the beleaguered boss.
However, Woodward’s plan to leave the sacking until the end of the season could be tested if the Red Devils lose to League One side Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Monday night.
Return to Milan
This weekend Mourinho has been in Milan to meet up with director and close friend Bedy Moratti and to watch his former club Inter.
Mourinho quickly ruled out a return to the San Siro, where he won the Champions League in 2010.
"There is one thing I want to clarify - I will not be directing things over there next season. Inter already have a project that belongs to Roberto Mancini and (president) Erick Thohir," Mourinho said.
"Their ideas have my full support and I hope their plans are successful. I want to see Inter fans smiling again and so I hope to witness a victory tomorrow."
When asked about what his next is, Mourinho didn’t give anything away.
"My next club? I really do not know, but one thing is certain - I love football and I will return with the same passion and ambition I've always had.
"Right now I have respect for every coach at every club.
"I'm not looking for a club, but there are clubs that are looking for me.”
However, Moratti did appear to give away details of Mourinho’s next move.
When leaving the restaurant that she had just dined with Mourinho in, she was confronted by journalists asking about the manager’s possible return to Inter.
Moratti dismissed those rumours but let slip that Mourinho is returning to England by saying “He’s happy now, he’s going to Manchester."