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Mourinho takes aim at players who prioritise lifestyle over football: “Go to LA”

Date Posted,March 31, 2017

Jose Mourinho has criticised players who put lifestyle before ambition and says he only wants to sign those committed to Manchester United.

Mourinho has drawn up a list of summer transfer targets that ­includes Atletico Madrid’s ­Antoine Griezmann, Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic.

Unsettled Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez said this week his priority is to stay in ­London, with the Chile ­international a target for champions-elect Chelsea.

But Mourinho said players swayed by the lure of living in the ­capital are not the kind he wants playing for him at United as he plans a ­£150million spend this ­summer.

“If a player wants to move to London, enjoy ­London, we don’t want you,” said ­Mourinho. “If the first thing you think is where you’re going to live, think Los Angeles.

Griezmann has been linked with a move to Old Trafford (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Bakayoko is on United’s wish list (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

“LA Galaxy would be the first choice, then Vitoria Setubal in Portugal – to go to the beach every day. There are beautiful places to live and to play. But we want people who are really engaged by the first contact.

“We want people that, if I call or Mr Woodward calls some guy or some agent, we want people who are ­immediately engaged or dreaming about coming.

“This is the profile of players we want. If you don’t want to come to us, good luck, enjoy your other club.”

Mourinho has targeted a minimum of four signings this summer as he looks to build a United side capable of ­challenging for the Premier League title next season.

The United boss has already informed executive vice-­chairman Ed Woodward of his first-choice targets and is ­confident he will be successful in landing most of them.

“It’s very important to get signings done early and the board knows that,” said ­Mourinho.

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