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Lack of Champions League to cost Manchester United in pursuit of final piece to Jose Mourinho puzzle

Monaco right-back Fabinho has hinted that a lack of Champions League football could see him snub a move to Manchester United to remain with the Ligue 1 outfit.

The Brazilian played an integral role in getting Monaco into the group stages of the competition after scoring in each leg of their 3-1 aggregate win over Villarreal.

Since then, it appears as though he has committed his future to the club which will be a disappointment for United boss Jose Mourinho who had been eyeing a reunion with his former Real Madrid star.

“With the Champions League, it’s not bad staying at Monaco,” he said, as noted by The Sun.

“I’m not certain of staying, but at the same time, there’s more of a chance of me staying than leaving.”

The report goes on to add that Chelsea are also keen on the 22-year-old, but naturally Antonio Conte will have the same problem with his side absent from Europe this year following their 10th-place finish in the Premier League last season.

Mourinho has been busy putting key pieces in place in the United squad this summer, having brought in Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.

His defence was reportedly still the focus of his attention as the transfer deadline continued to edge closer, but it appears as though he may have to be content with his current group until January at least with Fabinho now giving the impression that he intends on staying in France for the time being.

United have started the season well with three wins in as many games in the Premier League, and so Mourinho will naturally be desperate to avoid this from being an issue next summer with any target by ensuring that the Red Devils’ minimum target this year is a top-four finish.

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