Sporting manager Ruben Amorim has responded to rumours that he’s being targetted as a replacement for Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag.
The Reds have experienced their worst start to a season since the early 1960s, with eight losses in their opening 15 matches.
Ten Hag is not thought to be under immediate pressure, according to several reports, but there is believed to be an acceptance within the club that he needs to turn things around to secure his long-term future at the club.
Recent reports have stated that Rúben Amorim and former Real Madrid boss Zinédine Zidane are viewed by the club as potential replacements for the Dutchman. However, it was added that the situation is hugely complicated by the uncertainty over ownership.
Other reports have indeed downplayed the idea that the club are assessing different options.
Amorim, who was previously linked to the job at Old Trafford before Ten Hag took charge, has since addressed these rumours following his side’s 4-2 win over Farense in the Portuguese League Cup.
The manager was quick to suggest that he is not willing to enter conversations and also stated that there has been no contact from the English club.
“This year I’m not going to go back to the same conversation as last year,” he said. “I’m not going to make any kind of comment on these situations.
“We don’t know the future, it depends on the results,” he added. “It has more to do with the general idea of what we need as a team, extra pressure so we don’t hide.
“Regarding the future, I have an idea for the end of the season but I won’t say it now. But the results and the context take us to something different.
“I don’t want to be commenting on these things. I have not been contacted by Manchester United.”
When further questioned on the £8.7m exit clause in his deal at Sporting and the prospect of United activating it, he added: “I’m not going to be commenting on that. I will respect the contract, everything that is there will be fulfilled.”
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