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Man United boss Jose Mourinho won't confirm Victor Lindelof interest

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has told Portuguese outlet Maisfutebol he has not ruled out a move for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.

Sweden international Lindelof, 22, has again been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford as Mourinho looks to build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title.

United considered signing him during the January window, but were were convinced not to make a bid by the form of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.

Mourinho is keen to bring in a defender as one of four new signings this summer and Burnley's Michael Keane and Real Madrid's Raphael Varane have been linked along with Lindelof.

Mourinho said: "I won't say whether I want him [Lindelof] or not, I think it would be wrong.

"Rui [Benfica manager Rui Vitoria] wouldn't be happy with another club's manager talking about one of his players, the president wouldn't be happy to see that.

"Lindelof is theirs and while he remains theirs, he's theirs."

Mourinho is in Portugal having spent time in London following the end of United's season and is expected back at the Carrington training complex before the preseason tour of the United States next month.

The manager said he had handed control over transfers to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward until then.

He added: "This year, I had the most difficult season of my career. We played all of the games that were possible minus two.

"I got fed up and tired of football until the last day, I promised that you would not see me in football stadiums, and I stopped negotiating for players and being worried.

"I handed my list to the CEO in April and he has until Aug. 31 to give me what I want, or not."

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.


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