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Manchester United can take time on Jose Mourinho contract decision

Jose Mourinho could depart this summer for Ligue 1.

Jose Mourinho's contract at Old Trafford expires in June 2019 and, as he's approaching the mid-point, it's inevitable that both parties want to talk about an extension. ESPN FC has reported there has been no significant progress since preliminary talks back in September, so (surprise, surprise) we've had stories linking him to PSG.

Manchester United aren't in a hurry. If they do extend his deal, their intention is to do it on their terms and in their own time. And, frankly, they're right. For all his success, Mourinho's options -- and therefore his leverage -- are somewhat limited right now.

He's not going back to La Liga or Serie A. Bayern Munich appear hugely improbable, as does a return to Chelsea. Arsenal, after Arsene Wenger's departure (assuming that ever happens), would be not just a step down, but a tumble down the stairwell. Jurgen Klopp is not going anywhere at Liverpool.

By the simple process of elimination, the only option is PSG. But Mourinho and his advisers know full well that nothing can happen until we get a thumbs up or thumbs down on the Parisians in terms of FFP. And even if they somehow get the green light (which gut instinct says is unlikely), United will still have him under contract for a year, which means they can charge some pretty hefty compensation.

I've been critical of Ed Woodward and United in the past, but in terms of how they're managing the Mourinho situation right now, they're doing all the right things. There is no rush on this whatsoever.

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