Mourinho discusses Man Utd transfers and Guardiola battle

Date published: Tuesday 31st May 2016 3:42

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that Manchester United will not be signing any Portuguese players this summer.

United are understood to have scouted Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches on numerous occasions this season, only for the 18-year-old to join Bayern Munich earlier this month.

Reports in Spain, meanwhile, suggested agent Jorge Mendes was “convinced” that Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, but Mourinho has seemingly ruled out such a deal.

“I won’t be signing any player from Portugal,” he said during a lecture at Lisbon University on Tuesday.

The former Chelsea boss also discussed his rivalry with incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

The managers faced each other 11 times over two seasons when Mourinho was manager of Real Madrid while Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona.

The clashes were renown as heated affairs, with six Real players picking up red cards, while on one occasion Mourinho become embroiled in an ugly touchline altercation in which he gouged the eye of Barca coach Tito Vilanova.

But the 53-year-old insists he can focus on Guardiola while in Manchester.

“My experience does not allow me to be innocent,” he said.

“I was with Guardiola two years in a league where me or he would be champion. Here, if I focus on him or he on me, the champion will be another [coach].”

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