Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho Addresses Real Madrid Rumours

Real Madrid's manager Julen Lopetegui oversees training on Monday. AFP

Real Madrid's manager Julen Lopetegui oversees training on Monday. AFP

In the absence of their talisman, Real have struggled under new manager Julen Lopetegui, going four games without scoring a goal.

A 2-1 home defeat to Levante on Saturday piled more pressure on the former Spain manager as Madrid recorded the longest goal drought in the club's history before finally finding the back of the net for the first time in nearly a month.

Mourinho is one of the names to be linked with replacing Lopetegui, who has only been in charge of Madrid since the summer, but the United boss has pledged to see out his contract with the Red Devils. "All I'm thinking about is United", Mourinho said in his press conference for United's Champions League clash against Juventus (quote via

"I have many years of my contract left, I am very happy here".

He also confirmed that United would be without six players for Tuesday's match at Old Trafford, with Alexis Sanchez, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay, and Phil Jones all ruled out.

The white-handkerchiefs were out on Saturday and it would come as a huge shock if the beleaguered boss sees out the week, although the Spaniard could well be given one last chance to save himself against Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday. "Nothing to hide. Alexis is out", he said.

Ianni apologised afterwards, and Mourinho is unhappy about reports Chelsea could sack the Stamford Bridge assistant coach for his conduct.

"As far as I am concerned they are more than contenders".

"It is end of story, with me, in the minutes he apologised to me. Let him work, everybody makes mistakes, I made mistakes, I hope they let the kid go".

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