Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mourinho May Make a Case for Defence in January

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mourinho May Make a Case for Defence in January

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JOSE Fonte is 'waiting' for an improved contract offer from Southampton following interest from United in the summer.

Fonte, 32, was identified by Jose Mourinho as a senior defender to offer United's central defence additional experience after performing superbly for Portugal during their glorious Euro 2016 campaign. United never submitted a bid for Fonte, whose move mainly hinged on Mourinho jettisoning Marcos Rojo, and the Argentinian ended up staying at Old Trafford.

Southampton are yet to offer Fonte a better deal on his current contract, which expires in 2018.

"There's nothing on the table, so I'm waiting," Fonte said. "I'll see what happens. I'm just focusing on performing above all and we'll see what happens." Although United claimed there would be no spending in the January transfer window, that came before their three successive defeats to City, Feyenoord and Watford. …

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