New Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer confessed his admiration for Daley Blind but insists that the defender is happy at Manchester United.
De Boer recently took over at Inter Milan after former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was sacked by the club last month.
Blind established himself as a defender under De Boer at Ajax, winning four Eredivisie titles in the process, but the 46-year-old ruled out any possible reunion.
“We have a lot of good defenders here, but we’ll see,” he said.
“I like him as a player for sure, he’s fantastic. He is very happy at Manchester United though and played in the Community Shield.
“I know his situation and I think he’s very happy and playing with confidence but we’ll see in the future.”
It was thought that, given Blind’s lack of stature and strength, his days at centre back were numbered under Mourinho, who has a known preference for the more conventionally built centre half.
However, the Dutchman has carved out a formidable partnership with new signing Eric Bailly, complimenting the Ivorian’s brute strength and ruthlessness with composure and craft. But as Chris Smalling looks set to return, question marks still loom over how much of the 26-year-old United fans will see this season.