Door opened for Man United to pounce on Mourinho as European giants move to tie down manager

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It appears that we can count Paris Saint-Germain out of the running to land Jose Mourinho.

Laurent Blanc – manager of the French champions – has revealed that he is in talks to extend his contract with the Parisians and is optimistic of reaching an agreement in the near future.

The 50-year-old currently has a deal with PSG until the end of this season – which is almost certain to end with a fourth successive Ligue 1 title – and hopes to put pen to paper in the next month

“I hope I can sign a new contract before the Chelsea game on February 16,” Sky Sports quotes Blanc as saying. PSG face Mourinho’s former club Chelsea in the Champions League last 16.

“My agent will meet the club soon and they will have to reach an agreement. If they can’t, we’ll see after.”

PSG has been tipped as one of Mourinho’s most likely destinations following his sacking by Chelsea in December, having overseen the Blues’ worst start to a league season in 37 years.

But Manchester United, unsure over the future of Louis van Gaal, are widely considered to be in pole position to sign the Special One, who has stayed in England since leaving Stamford Bridge.

Should officials at Old Trafford step up their pursuit of Mourinho, it seems unlikely that they will face any competition from PSG as they move to tie down Blanc to a long-term commitment.

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