Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he will be starting a new job in July, as the pressure grows on Louis van Gaal at Manchester United with speculations rife he will be in the Old Trafford dugout come next season.
Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea last December, but has been heavily linked with the United job.
And the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss has now told BT Sport that he has agreed to join a club this summer.
The channel’s presenter Matt Smith took to Twitter on Thursday to say that Mourinho had confirmed he would be back in work later this year.
“Well it was a very illuminating chat with Senor Mourinho for BT Sport,” tweeted Smith. You will see it on various BT shows. And he WILL be joining his new club in July.”
However, Smith also gave the caveat that Mourinho had not made the statement to camera, but in a private conversation.
It is not the first time that Mourinho has suggested that he will be on his way to Old Trafford this summer – he hinted as much in an interview in Singapore last month, while he has long been linked to the job.
But this is the clearest indication that the Portuguese manager has a definite start date, and that Louis van Gaal’s future has been decided.
It will add to the pressure on Van Gaal, who is already under fire following United’s disappointing season.
The club could be as many as six points off the Champions League spots should Manchester City win their game in hand, while they are on the brink of elimination from the Europa League following Thursday night’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.