Fred Turned Down Manchester City to Play for Mourinho
Manchester United midfielder Fred admits that he was close to joining Manchester City this summer, but said that ultimately he wanted to play for Jose Mourinho. The Brazilian joined from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer in a £52m deal.
He had been closely linked with City, but decided to accept United’s offer instead, telling the December issue of FourFourTwo magazine, “I received an offer from them [City] and even talked to my Brazilian team-mates who play for them.
“They were trying to convince me to join them, but in the end it didn’t happen. Then it was the summer and, as I said, there were other offers, including from United. I quickly decided that was the right move for me.
“Mourinho is a top, top professional and every player likes to work with such a winner. I’m learning things from him, that’s for sure. He can be quite strict, but that’s part of his job.
“He’s also friendly and funny off the pitch, and jokes with us in the dressing room. Jose was crucial in my decision to join Manchester United and I’m grateful for his interest in my football.”