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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has laid down his requirements before extending his contract with the Red Devils. According to the mirror, the Portuguese coach open to an extension of his current deal at the club but only if his terms are met.
Mourinho became the boss at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, replacing Louis van Gaal, and signed a three-year contract for the club. As his contract reaches mid-point, Mourinho is being offered a long-term future by the club.
Jose’s salary at the moment is £12m per season, and the 54-year-old wants his fee increased to £15m per year. That implies he is demanding for a £3m pay rise which would place on par with archrival, Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
Having led the team to victory in the Europa League and the EFL Cup in his debut season at the club, Mourinho is confident he has restored the club back into the major league.
Winning the Europa League was the big deal as it earned the Red Devils a spot in the Champions League this season – something which is considered basic for a club of United’s standing and is a performance target of principal sponsors Chevrolet and Adidas.
Mourinho has been crude by insinuating that he will not stay at the club forever at a time when he was named a possible candidate to take over at Paris Saint-Germain. However, Jose was quick to refute such claim, indicating he is happy at the club.
He said: “I am happy here – and I love my players. You try to create a story because of my words after defeat at Huddersfield – but there is no story.
Mourinho knows he is firmly established at the club, thanks to his success last season. Also, the performances in the Champions League this year have been satisfactory as the Red Devils are on the verge of knockout qualification.
Moreover, the club declared record revenues in September, which hit a record value of £581.2m and an operating profit of £80.8m.
That increases Jose’s optimism of funneling a pay-rise for his next deal. Both sides are receptive to a new deal, and the mirror claims that talks over an extension have been scheduled for the first week of January.
Let’s hope the discussion goes well and that Mourinho commits to a new deal without too much fuss.