Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

Jose Mourinho confirms several absentees for Leicester City opener

Maybe next season we will go to the transfer window a little more active.

The Merseyside outfit have signed AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho, RB Leipzig star Naby Keita, Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the summer transfer window so far.

According to Deloitte's spokesperson, Tim Bridge, just 14 per cent of that figure, which is £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen outcome of the league's window, closing before the rest of Europe. Mourinho's assessment that United were in for a "difficult season" if he did not get his way proffers an image of an unhappy club.

Asked if nothing would happen in or out before the Premier League deadline at 5pm, he said: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)".

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Press Association Sport understands United have been keen to sign a centre-back, but Leicester's reluctance to sell Harry Maguire looks to have scuppered any move for the England star.

Unai Emery will make his Premier League debut in Sunday's clash, and the former Bayern Munich coach has praised the new Arsenal coach following their battles in LaLiga.

FIFA are formulating plans for a consistent transfer deadline across world football, which would aid Premier League sides after their setback this year.

Mourinho, who will be without the likes of Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo on Friday, once again bemoaned the lack of preparation time for the start of the season, with many of his players having just returned to training after taking time off following the World Cup.

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"They trained on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine that they're not really fit and ready, but we have needs", said the boss of the quartet.

"They returned on Monday", he said.

"My view is that first of all is hard for me to believe we finished second", he added. I was told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane.

"It is hard to believe that we finished second because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners".

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