Man Utd close to agree the deal for Premier League legend

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Manchester United are preparing to open contract talks with manager Jose Mourinho, according to reports.

Mourinho succeeded Louis van Gaal after the Dutchman was sacked in May 2016 and the Portuguese coach led the Red Devils to League Cup and Europa League glory in his first campaign.

The 54-year-old has a contract until the summer of 2019 and, according to the Daily Telegraph, United want discussions to begin in November over the possibility of extending his deal.

United are understood to be reluctant to wait until May to renew Mourinho’s contract as that gives them a much shorter time frame to do a deal and less chance of convincing him to stay longer.

On speculation over a new deal, Mourinho recently told the Times: “I don’t think about it.

“I don’t need a new contract to work to my limits. I don’t have a problem to arrive at the end of my contract and be free to decide what I want to do and the club free to decide what they want to do.

“In the past I always wanted to coach in different places. When I came to Chelsea in 2004 I never thought to stay for 20 years. Never. When I went to Italy I always had in mind I had to go to Spain.

“If in this moment now you ask me can I go to France or to Germany, I say, ‘Why not? Why not?’ But I’m in a different moment in my career now. I always had Spain and Italy [as places where he hoped to manage], but England is my passion and at this moment I can say I would like to stay many years.”