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Jose Mourinho has made his feelings clear on Mason Greenwood as Fenerbahce consider Man Utd transfer raid

Jose Mourinho has made his feelings clear on Mason Greenwood as Fenerbahce consider Man Utd transfer raid

Jose Mourinho was in charge of Manchester United when Mason Greenwood signed his first professional deal in 2018.

Jose Mourinho has already made his feelings clear on Mason Greenwood amid talk he could look to sign him for Fenerbahce.

Last week it was reported that Fenerbahce had entered the race for Greenwood, who has interest from a number of clubs in multiple leagues.

After a United review concluded that it was best he continue his football elsewhere, the 21-year-old spent the last campaign on loan at Getafe, scoring 10 times in 36 appearances in all competitions.

He was on United's retained list and is still said to be contracted until 2025.

Despite new owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe opening the door to a "fresh decision" involving Greenwood, United are keen to offload him permanently for a substantial fee this season, with £50 million the figure quoted.

Barcelona, Napoli and Juventus have all been linked but Mourinho wants Greenwood as a marquee signing in his first transfer window with Fener.

Greenwood came through the ranks at United and signed his first professional contract when Mourinho was at the helm in 2018.

He was invited to train with the first-team ahead of a Champions League game against Valencia and also appeared in the squad for the trip to the United States earlier on.

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

But remarkably, Greenwood had made an impression on Mourinho before that and the Portuguese wanted him to step up the first-team when he was just 15.

However, academy manager Nicky Butt had to inform him he was unable to because of his age.

Speaking to The Athletic, he said: "I was his academy manager so I wondered what it would be like. The reality was that he spoke to me every single morning at breakfast.

"He asked me about young players, he was approachable, he was helpful. He would ask me which players I wanted to move up.

"He asked, 'Who is this kid, Greenwood?', when Mason was 15. He said, 'Bring him to train with us'. I said, 'We can't because he's at school and there are rules and regulations'."

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Topics: Jose Mourinho, Manchester United, Fenerbahce, Mason Greenwood