Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has distanced himself from the possibility of replacing Julen Lopetegui as Real Madrid coach. Rumours persist that Lopetegui will be shown the Bernabeu exit door after a dreadful start to the season by Real’s high standards.
Los Blancos sit seventh in the Spanish top-flight standings, with three defeats and two draws from their nine games to date.
Ordinarily, that would have seen the capital club’s title hopes already over but it has been a strange start to the league campaign and table-topping Barcelona are only four points better off.
Mourinho spent three years as Real coach between May 2010 and June 2013, winning one La Liga title plus the Copa del Rey.
He enjoyed a win rate of close to 72% and it was suggested that he might like another chance to manage the European giants.
However, at Monday’s press conference ahead of United’s European clash with Juventus, the Portuguese tactician made it clear where his loyalties lie.
“My future is here,” he said. “I have a contract and until the final days of my contract I only think about Manchester United. I would like to stay after my contract runs out as well.”