Barcelona forward Neymar has explained the reason behind why he admires Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, pointing towards the fact that any player would want to work with the Portuguese.
Mourinho, following a rocky start to life at Old Trafford, has won the League Cup, guided his side to a Europa League quarter final and will see his side – now 18 games unbeaten in the Premier League – take fourth spot of Liverpool if they win their next two games in hand.
It was reported over the summer that Neymar, after some deliberation, chose to stay at Barcelona instead of moving to Old Trafford.
But Brazilian has recently expressed his admiration for both Mourinho and the Premier League, noting that he would be open to a move in the future.
“The Premier League is a championship that amazes me,” Neymar said.
“I like the playing style and the teams. And who knows, someday, I would like to play at it, yes. I admire Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool — these are the teams that are always there fighting.
“And then you have high-level coaches like Mourinho and Guardiola. These are coaches with whom any player would like to work.”
It is indeed interesting to see Neymar label Mourinho as a high-quality coach amidst what is quickly becoming a strange season at the Camp Nou. The 25-year-old, on a personal level, has been nothing short of breathtaking over the last few months and could very easily establish himself as the best player in the world over the next few years, but whether that will happen at Barcelona remains an open question.
Luis Enrique, for one, will pack his bags over the summer after falling out of favour with the board and indeed some supporters. Many have pointed towards his limited capacity as a coach as one of the factors behind his imminent departure, which places Neymar’s comment on Mourinho in a clearer context: perhaps a move to Old Trafford could be on the cards if Barcelona fail to appoint an adequate coach ahead of next season.