Jose Mourinho became Manchester United manager two months ago, signing a three-year contract worth a reported £10m-a-season.
For those who skipped their maths GCSE classes to have a cigarette behind the bins, that means the Special One will earn £30m by the time the 2018/19 campaign finishes. It is a huge deal, eclipsing the wages of even the biggest Premier League stars.
But three years is a very long time in football, especially for a manager. Louis van Gaal, of course, agreed a three-year deal in 2014 only to be sacked 24 months later. More spectacularly, his predecessor David Moyes was able to serve just 11 months of the six-year deal he gratefully received in 2013.
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Mourinho, however, is a different entity to those two. He has won more trophies and thusly has much more confidence. Not only is he expecting to see out his entire contract at Old Trafford, he even has the audacity to talk about a possible extension at this early juncture.
“I have the contract I have and the owners are happy with that,” he said, according to The Times. “To give me a new [extended] contract, I will be happy to do that because that is what I want at this moment in my career. But it depends on many things.”
Red through and through
The same report, written by Paul Hirst who is currently in China with the Manchester United squad, pays homage to the fact that Mourinho looks to be in his element at his new club. During his press duties, he wore a red shirt, shirt shoes and even had a red phone cover.
Needless to say, the blue he was wearing this time last year appears to have been sent to some lucky west London charity shops. Mourinho is at his dream club and has no intention of leaving prematurely.
Having failed to spend three years at any club during his managerial career, there is a clear sense of determination from the Portuguese to buck that trend.
Future of Mata
Mourinho's other significant contribution to that press conference was his thoughts on Juan Mata. Having originally thrown him out of Chelsea in unceremonial fashion, the same action was expected at United.
But it appears that the Spanish playmaker will get a second chance to impress his new manager just the same as everyone else.
“Three years ago, the fee looked very high and now it looks very cheap, but he wanted to leave,” Mourinho said.
“I think since the first day [at United], everything is clear between us. There is space for him. He’s a talented player and I don’t promise places to anyone. I promise respect and I like him.
"In this moment I don’t have one little sign that he wants to leave. There is space for him and he can be useful to the club.”
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