Man Utd star ‘thinks about going back’ to ex-club to reignite ‘love story’

Lewis Oldham
Telles may leave Man Utd

Man Utd full-back Alex Telles has admitted that he would be open to returning to Porto “one day” as his time there was a “very happy”.

The 29-year-old signed for the Red Devils in 2020 from Porto. United paid around £15m to bring the defender to the Premier League.

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Telles played second fiddle to Luke Shaw last season as the Englishman enjoyed his best season as a Man Utd player.

Shaw’s form has dipped this season and he has also struggled with injuries. This has afforded Telles more opportunities, but he has still only started eleven times in the Premier League.

Telles has revealed that he “still has friends” at Porto and that he “most identified” with the Portuguese club:

“I’m eternally grateful to the club and of course one day I think about going back there and continuing this cycle,” Telles said (quotes via Sport Witness).

“It was a very happy period in my life. FC Porto is a love story. Of the clubs I’ve played, it’s the one with I most identified with, it was four years there.

“I didn’t just identify with the club, I identified with the city and made many friends. I still have friends there.”

Elsewhere, Manchester Evening News are claiming that Man Utd are ‘working on a deal to sign’ Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United.

Phillips was one of the Three Lions’ best performers as they reached final of Euro 2020 last summer and, despite suffering from injury in recent months, the Red Devils remain interested.

Man Utd have ‘prioritised a defensive midfielder in the summer market’ with West Ham’s Declan Rice and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham of interest.

However, with clubs reportedly being quoted £150m for Rice and Dortmund insistent on keeping Bellingham for at least another year, Man Utd are now ‘advancing on an intended deal to sign Phillips’.

It is understood that the potential purchase of Phillips is also ‘aligned with interim United manager Ralf Rangnick’s preference for targeting hungry players seeking a progressive career move’.