It has been a while since we had a good Jose Mourinho to Manchester United story, but now we have an absolute doozy for you, courtesy of BT Sport presenter Matt Smith.
It was widely reported last month that the Portuguese coach had agreed a deal in principle to take charge of the Red Devils at the end of the current campaign. The expectation was for Louis van Gaal to lose his job at some point before the end of the season and the Special One would be waiting in the wings.
However, things started to turn around for the Dutchman. They went on a run of four straight wins, qualifying for the FA Cup sixth round and reinvigorating their top four hopes with a win over Arsenal. But now we are back to where we were. Back-to-back defeats against West Brom in the Premier League and Liverpool in the Europa League have left fans calling for change once more.
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Maybe that is why Mourinho decided to confirm that he would be starting a new job in July while giving an interview to BT Sport on Thursday. If he does indeed have a gentleman's agreement with United executive Ed Woodward, he will be more confident than ever of seeing his dream of sitting in Sir Alex Ferguson's seat fulfilled.
Smith wrote on Twitter: "Well it was a very illuminating chat with Señor #Mourinho for @btsport - you will see it on various BT shows. And he WILL be joining his new club in July. Of course Jose didn't confide to the camera. Yeah right. But Jorge Mendes was there, in the full iridescent agent suit."
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How could Mourinho be talking about anywhere other than Manchester United? The only conceivable place he could be heading is Old Trafford unless he has agreed a deal in secret with another top European club.
The former Chelsea boss was also spotted in China last month and was reported to have received a lucrative deal from a club in the country's Super League. However, it is unlikely Mourinho would make such a move even if he did not have an alternative offer from Manchester United.
He may have also received an approach from Real Madrid, who allegedly approached him before eventually hiring Zinedine Zidane in January. Inevitably, the Frenchman is already under pressure at the Bernabeu and it looks like Florentino Perez could be on the lookout for his third new manager in the space of 12 months.
Mourinho has a close relationship with Perez and a return to Madrid cannot be ruled out, however, United remain favourites.
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