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Man Utd: Jose Mourinho intimidates rumors he wants to sign Nemanja Matic

Jose Mourinho is playing coyly on rumors he wants to sign Nemanja Matic

The Portugal manager has signed the midfielder twice before (Images: Getty)

Roma boss Jose Mourinho has balked at confirming his interest in signing contract rebel Nemanja Matic from Manchester United but admits he is a “fantastic” player who “has his confidence”.

The Serbia midfielder declined to trigger a year-long contract extension to stay at Old Trafford until 2023 and has confirmed he will leave the club when his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Despite his advanced age, the 33-year-old has made 23 Premier League appearances and eight Champions League appearances this season.

Jose Mourinho is playing coyly on rumors he wants to sign Nemanja Matic

Mourinho brought Matic back to Chelsea in January 2014 (Image: Getty)

Having spent the last eight and a half years in England, his next club is likely to be in Italy, with the likes of Juventus and Roma linked with moves for the soon-to-be free agent.

Giallorossi boss Mourinho has signed Matic twice before – bringing him back to Chelsea from Benfica in 2014 before returning to United in 2017 – and while he would not confirm an approach this summer, he made it clear that the Serb is still a player is, which he estimates massively.

Asked if Matic could join him in Rome, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “I never like to talk about players. I don’t think it’s good for me, for the club, for the player.

“Everyone knows my relationship with Nemanja. He’s one of my trusted guys. We won together, we fought together – also at United.

“He’s a fantastic player but that’s kind of an answer that’s not good for me or the player.”

Speaking about his future earlier this week, Matic himself told K1 Televizija: “The options are still open but what is certain is that this will be my last season at United.

Jose Mourinho is playing coyly on rumors he wants to sign Nemanja Matic

Matic has declined since a strong first season at United (Image: Getty)

“I want to finish it as best as possible. We have another game on May 22 and after that I will make a decision on where I will continue my career.”

Mourinho has two other ex-United players in his Roma squad – Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – and speaking about the latter he took the opportunity to share his enduring love for United despite the bitter nature of his departure.

He added: “We’ve won three titles together with Manchester United – unfortunately Man United’s last three titles! And unfortunately I say, because yes, I like the club very, very much and I wish the club all the best.’

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