Victor Lindelof has opened up about a potential move to Manchester United, claiming it was an easy choice to stay at Benfica last summer.
The Portuguese boss was said to heavily interested in the 22-year-old as a deal was believed to be close, but a decision was made to cool interest as Mourinho decided he was happy with Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.
Many believed he’d become United’s most expensive defender but after the Old Trafford club drifted further away, Lindelof decided to extend his contract and it seems he’s happy at the Estadio da Luz.
Speaking about his future, Lindelof claims he’s not focused on anything that’s been written about him.
“It feels good that I extended my stay by one year. I enjoy playing for the club and feel I evolve every day there. It was an easy choice,” he said.
“Both parties were very happy and they wanted to give me a sign that they are satisfied with what I’ve done there.
“Much has been written but it’s nothing I have focused on. I have always focused on what was important to me and that’s the team. [The rumours] make no difference to me.
“As I’ve said I’ve been thriving at Benfica and that’s where the focus has been. A lot has been written and I’ve said nothing, I’ve been focused.
“I have a long contract at Benfica and I’m thriving there. It’s a big club and I’m developing every day. I’m only 22 years old and there is no stress [to push through a move].”
Reports claim he’s still expected to be targeted by Mourinho again in the summer even though he extended his stay.
He’s getting along well at Benfica, but at 22, he could become an unstoppable force with some guidance and Mourinho will want a prospect like that at Old Trafford.