Manchester United coachJose Mourinho exhumed confidence on Friday (5/08/2016) that his team will eventually sign Paul Pogba.
“Yes, we have 22 players and we are going to have 23,” said Mourinho when asked if a signing was close.
Man United and Juventus are believed to be putting the finishing touches to a deal for the France midfielder expected to exceed 117.7 million euros.
Mourinho also blasted Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger for talking openly about the Pogba’s fee.
“I don’t like to speak about other clubs or players from other clubs. Other managers like to do that, they like to speak about my club and my players. I am very pragmatic on this. All that matters is what happens in my house and not in my neighbour’s house,” said Mourinho.
“Paul Pogba is a Juventus player until he isn’t, officially, so we stay like this. The market closes on August 31 but I think my club is trying to do everything to close our market before the 14th. Normally, next week, we will have our squad closed,” reiterated a confident Mourinho.
The Portuguese has also been criticized for sidelining Bastian Schweinsteiger from the first team. Mourinho indicated that such a situation happens in all clubs in the world.
“The manager decides his squad and chooses a certain number of players to face the season. That is it. I normally like to work with 20 players plus the three goalkeepers, which is what I have done for 15 years, because we have so many players but at the same time we have so many competitions and especially the Europa League,” he said
“That is a competition that changes a lot at the start of the season, with 15 matches and playing on the Thursday, a big risk of a lot of travel. You play Premier League on Sundays. I made the decision to be with 23 plus three goalkeepers, which is still a lot. I had to make my decisions. It is simple,” he added.
So far Manchester United has signed Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.