Jose Mourinho, who is expected to be named the new Man Utd manager, was captured leaving his London home on Tuesday morning with his agent Jorge Mendes.
Mourinho, along with his agent, Jorge Mendes, jetted into England on Tuesday, yesterday, to conclude his deal with United.
While leaving his Knightsbridge apartment, the ex-Chelsea manager clawed at notepads, refusing to take notice of the questions from curious reporters before diving into a waiting Range Rover.
Mourinho will allegedly stand in place of his friend Louis van Gaal whose spell at Man U failed after two underwhelming years at Old Trafford. Jose had reached out to Van last week over United’s pursuit, before next season.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had also met Mourinho last week before the finalization of a deal for the two-time Champions League winner.
M.E.N. Sport had reported in February that former Chelsea coach Mourinho had a gentleman’s agreement to succeed Van Gaal.
The club contacted Mendes the day after their humiliating Europa League round-of-32 first leg defeat to Midtjylland to be assured the Portuguese had no intention of re-joining Internazionale, whom he coached to 2010 Champions League glory.
Mendes is believed to have touched base with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward last month for stronger assurance that his client would become United manager.
The dramatic deal will see Jose Mourinho direct Man U players in order to impress the fans. Van Gaal on the contrary wrote an expressive long open letter to United fans after he was kicked out of the club on Monday night.
The letter read:
“I am very disappointed to be unable to complete our intended three-year plan. I believe that the foundations are firmly in place to enable the club to move forward and achieve even greater success”.
He also in the letter said he hopes that winning the FA Cup will give the club the motivation it needs to perform even greater in next season so as to restore the success that this passionate set of fans crave.
He shared how hopeful he had been to grab the opportunity to manage in English football and be part of English culture having coached in Holland, Spain and Germany. He added that with all the experiences that have lived up to his expectations, coaching in Man U had been particularly fantastic and remarkable.
Expressing his gratitude, Van Gaal said:
“I thank my players and wish them well for next season. It has been a pleasure to work with them and it has been particularly rewarding to see so many young players take their chance to break into the first team and excel. I look forward to watching the continued development of these young players next season.”
Champions League qualification for United might have shamed Mourinho but United’s fifth-placed finish ensured he would replace Van Gaal.