Manchester United Coach Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has played down reports linking him to a sensational return to Real Madrid.

Mourinho is preparing to lead his Manchester United team against Juventus who now have one of his old boys Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks in a Champions League group stage clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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Following a run of five games without a win, Real Madrid boss JulenLopetegui is on the brink of being sacked just four months after accepting the challenging task of replacing Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu after three straight Champions League titles.

Mourinho’s future at United is also in doubt with the Red Devils languishing in 10th in the Premier League, nine points off rivals Manchester City and Liverpool, just nine games into the new season.

However, the Portuguese batted away a series of questions from Spanish and Italian journalists on whether a Real return would interest him at Old Trafford on Monday, highlighting that he signed an extended contract just this year till 2020.

“No, I’m happy here. I’m happy to see my contract out to the very last day of that contract and I would like to stay after my contract ends,” said Mourinho. “All I’m thinking about is Manchester United.”

Ronaldo is returning to Old Trafford for just the second time since he left United to join Madrid for a world record fee in 2009.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner made his name in Manchester, but showed no mercy on his last visit when he and Mourinho teamed up to dump United out of the Champions League in 2013.

And Mourinho is well aware of the challenge he faces in setting up a defence that has conceded 16 times in the Premier League already this season to stop the top scorer in the Champions League for the past six seasons.

“He is one of the best players of all time,” added Mourinho. “It’s as simple as that.”