Jose Mourinho addresses the status of Victor Lindelof’s Man United move

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho has addressed rumours linking Benfica defender Victor Lindelof with a move to Manchester United, refusing to discuss players that weren’t on the books at Old Trafford.

Reports have claimed that the 22-year-old, who has 72 appearances for the Portuguese champions, will complete a deal worth €40m this week.

Lindelof himself has adamantly denied any links with a move to Old Trafford, making it clear that his focus was firmly with Benfica instead.

And Mourinho, when asked about the Swede, refused to rule of the transfer but was equally uninterested with discussing the rumours.

“Victor LIndelöf? I won’t tell you if I want him or not. I don’t like to talk about players that aren’t mine,” he said.

“Rui(Vitória) and the (Benfica) president wouldn’t like to hear another manager talk about their players. This was the toughest season of my career. On the last day I got fed up with football, tired of it.

“I’ve given up on negotiating players. I gave my list to the CEO in April. He’s until August 31st to give me what I want, or not.”

Mourinho has emphatically severed ties with anything football related for a few weeks, it seems, and you can hardly blame him. The man saw his side play 64 games, many of them occurring with finite options to choose from. Couple that with the media blitzkrieg in his direction ever since arriving last summer and football would, you sense, start to become a grim chore.

But while he may not be active in the footballing world at this given time, the noise surrounding Lindelof smacks of Mourinho: the 54-year-old’s first action in last year’s transfer window was to sign a commanding 22-year-old centre-back coming off the back of a strong season in the form of Eric Bailly. Supporters will look on earnestly to see if he replicates such business over the next week.

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