- Manchester United have held talks with manager Jose Mourinho over his contract renewal
- Mourinho's current contract is set to expire at the end of the current season
- The Portuguese gaffer has been reported to be unhappy at the club's transfer policy
Premier League giants, Manchester United, have held extensive talks with manager, Jose Mourinho, over an extension to his contract at Old Trafford.
Mourinho will enter the final 12 months of his existing £12m-a-year deal this summer but British media, Telegraph understand that detailed discussions have taken place with the Portuguese and his agents over extending that contract.
It is believed that talks accelerated last month, and will continue, with United committed to securing the longer-term future of the former Inter and Real Madrid manager.
It is unclear at this stage what the length of any new contract would be, though there is an option in Mourinho’s current deal to extend by a further year to June 2020.
Reports have recently gathered that Mourinho was considering resigning as United manager at the end of the current season amid reports he is spending increasingly less time in Manchester and of strains with the Old Trafford board over transfer plans.
However, United hierarchy have taken Mourinho’s eagerness to discuss a contract extension over the past month as a sign of his desire to remain at the club.
Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes, has been involved in thorough talks with Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, as they plot a way forward.
Mourinho enjoyed a successful first season with the Red Devils winning the League Cup and Europa League and secured Champions League qualification last season, his first with United, but despite currently sitting second in the Premier League, United are 15 points adrift of runaway league leaders Manchester City.
City’s success so far this season under Mourinho’s long-standing adversary Pep Guardiola has intensified the scrutiny on the United manager, who claimed recently that the £286m the club has spent in the transfer market since he took charge was “not enough”.
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But Mourinho was frustrated by United’s reluctant to meet Inter Milan’s £49m valuation of Croatia winger Ivan Perisic last summer and a winger is thought to remain the manager’s priority in the window this month, even though he has said he doubts there will be any signings.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Senior figures at Manchester United are said to have "growing concern" that Jose Mourinho will resign as manager at the end of the current campaign.
The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ has watched as his side have fallen 15 points adrift of runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City and are now in a battle to finish in the top four.
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