Jose Mourinho has contacted the highly-rated Belgian teenager Youri Tielemans over a potential transfer to Manchester United, reveals the player’s former teammate.
José Mourinho has called Anderlecht's 19-year old midfielder Youri Tielemans to ask him to join Manchester United. pic.twitter.com/wTzF4NZ8RX
— José Mourinho-MUFC (@Utd_JM) August 13, 2016
Youri Tielemans, one of the most promising talents in world football at present, currently plays for Anderlecht. He has already played 100 league games for the Belgian outfit – hugely impressive feat for a teenager. The 19-year-old also holds the record of being the youngest Belgian player to feature in the UEFA Champions League, at the age of 16 years and 148 days.
Tielemans progressed through the ranks of Anderlecht’s youth system, and signed his first professional contract with the club at the age of 16. Thereafter, the midfielder went on to win the Belgian young professional footballer of the year award on two successive occasions – in 2014 and 2015.
His impressive performances saw him get called up by Belgium manager Marc Wilmots for the nation’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales, but the young starlet did not feature for the Red Devils.
And now, Tielemans has caught the eyes of another manager, who is in-charge of the Red Devils of Manchester.
New reports have emerged suggesting Jose Mourinho is very interested in luring Youri Tielemans to the Old Trafford club, and that the Special One even made a phone call to convince the youngster to make the switch.
Lukasz Plonowski, who played alongside Tielemans at Anderlecht’s youth side, spoke with Polish publication Weszlo, and revealed: “Youri called me up recently and said: Lukasz, do you know who called me? Mourinho. He asked if how I’d take the possibility to move to Manchester United.”
This information contradicts Mourinho’s claim of having only four players on his summer transfer window wish-list, which could mean that if Tielemans does end up moving to the Theatre of Dreams, he may have to begin his life in Manchester playing with the youth side.