Jose Mourinho not entertaining idea of extending Manchester United contract

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Mourinho: Only Wenger can stay somewhere for 15 years these days (Source: Getty)

Jose Mourinho has refused to commit his long-term future to Manchester United and reaffirmed his belief that he will not end his career at Old Trafford.

The United manager is halfway through a three-year contract and is not prepared to publicly entertain signing an extension as he heads into the final 18 months.

Ahead of his side's trip to Lisbon where they face Benfica in the Champions League, Mourinho was quizzed about an interview in which he ruled out spending the rest of his career at United and praised the "magic" and "quality" of Paris Saint-Germain.

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He reaffirmed the quotes but said any interpretation he was set for an imminent exit from Manchester was misguided.

"How is it possible in modern football that a manager is going to last 15 or 20 years?" said Mourinho. "I think [Arsene] Wenger is the last one. It is impossible for us to last for so long.

"I don't think I'm going to end my career at Manchester United. After that people try to be clever, malicious. I didn't think about signing a new contract, but I don't think about leaving too."

When pushed about whether he would like to stay beyond his current deal, the Portuguese refused to comment.

"I have a contract and that's it," said Mourinho. "I have my contract that ends in May/June 2019, we are in October 2017."

Mourinho has limited options to choose from in Portugal with Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all injured, while the returning Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are unlikely to make it further than the bench.

He also criticised Liverpool's Dejan Lovren for claiming Romelu Lukaku deliberately kicked him in the head during Saturday's scoreless draw between the two sides.

"There is a big contradiction there because he says let's move on and forget what happened, but then he spends 10 minutes speaking about what he thinks happened and didn't happen," he said.

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