Fabinho has described Jose Mourinho as “an excellent manager” amid continued links with Manchester United.
The Monaco midfielder has emerged as a potential target at Old Trafford, and is rumoured to be the club’s next signing this summer.
United are not even thought to have lodged a bid yet however, although that did not stop ESPN Brasil stoking the transfer fires.
They asked the 23-year-old what shirt number he will take in Manchester next season, to which he replied: “At this moment, Fabinho is with the Monaco shirt.”
Fabinho then delved deeper into this past season, where he established himself as a central midfielder despite previously playing mainly as a right-back.
“My adaptation to midfield was good this season, because in previous seasons the manager had already used me in that position,” he said.
“He had already asked if I used to play in that position in youth levels, we talked a lot about it. This season he decided to definitely change my position. I think I didn’t do it very well at the beginning, I didn’t want to leave the wing much. But then I saw that it was positive for both me and the team. So the eye of the manager was good for both parties.”
“In terms of players, the one I think I would like to play together or face, to watch closely, is Messi.
“In terms of managers, I would also like to work with great managers to learn more about football, learn new things. There are great managers in football. Guardiola, Zidane, who’s doing great work, Tite, also doing a great job in the national team, Simeone. These are managers I would like to work with some day.”
When the interview prompted him by asking “Mourinho?”, Fabinho played his part.
“Mourinho, too,” he replied. “He is an excellent manager. No doubt.”
Thanks to Sport Witness for the translation.