Jose Mourinho addresses speculation linking Man United with Barcelona star

The Manchester United manager doesn't want Lionel Messi to leave Barcelona despite speculation

Jose Mourinho has rubbished speculation linking Manchester United with a move for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

Metro reported on Tuesday that Marketing Deportivo have suggested Manchester United could get help from Adidas to fund a sensational swoop for the Argentina international.

Mourinho has already set a new world record transfer fee since taking over the reins at Old Trafford after Manchester United signed Paul Pogba in an £89m deal from Serie A champions Juventus.

The Portuguese coach pitted his wits against Messi and his Barcelona team-mates during a three-year stay in the Spanish capital before returning to the Premier League to take over Chelsea in 2013.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Dutch side Feyenoord on Thursday night, Mourinho addresses speculation linking the Premier League club with a swoop for Messi.

“It’s the same story every season, that he’s going to leave,” Mourinho said. “But he never leaves and I hope he doesn’t, because he belongs to Barcelona.”

Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and nine points adrift of current leaders Chelsea after 12 games.

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