It is not in the nature of Jose Mourinho to remain silent about issues he wishes to talk about. However, he will have to do just that as far as the topic of his exit from Manchester United is concerned.
According to The Times, the Portuguese tactician has been ‘gagged’ by the Mancunian outfit through the £15 million package he received after being sacked by the Red Devils midway through the month of December.
The severance deal consisted of a clause which prevents Jose from speaking out about the circumstances that led to his departure from the Old Trafford outfit.
However, the same conditions haven’t been applied to the players, some of which have been quite vocal about the defensive tactics deployed by the former Real Madrid boss during his time in Manchester.
Paul Pogba, especially, hasn’t hesitated in taking indirect digs at the manager he spectacularly fell out with, with the most recent one coming after his side’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
“I’m enjoying playing football,” Pogba told Sky Sports last Sunday. “It was really difficult playing in the system we used to play. I like to be more attacking, pressing, playing high – defending is not my best attribute.”
Jose Mourinho, who is set to feature as a pundit on beIN Sports for Chelsea‘s upcoming Premier League clash against Arsenal on Saturday, will be especially tempted to respond to the French midfielder on live television.
Moreover, being contractually barred from making any comments is sure to make it all the more difficult for the outspoken manager to resist the temptation, which is precisely why Manchester United‘s lawyers are bound to closely monitor Jose’s much-awaited TV appearance.