Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has rubbished claims that he is looking to engineer a deal for Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi.
The former Chelsea boss had been linked with a backhanded move which reportedly involved the Manchester club paying the Argentina international a whopping £85m-a-year in order to run down his contract at the Nou Camp and sign for the Red Devils. A plan which was supposedly backed by United’s shirt sponsors Adidas, for whom Messi is an ambassador.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s Europa League tie with Dutch side Feyenoord at Old Trafford on Thursday, the Portuguese said:
“Lionel Messi, every season it is the same story, he’s going to leave and he never leaves,
“Honestly, I hope he never leaves because he belongs to Barcelona and Barcelona belongs to him.”
The former Chelsea boss is rumoured to be focusing mainly on defensive reinforcements during the January window, having stocked up on attacking resources in the summer window with additions such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.