Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he could allow fringe members of his squad to leave in the January transfer window, should they request a move.
Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin are two players who have both been heavily linked with a transfer away from the Old Trafford outfit next month, with Everton touted as their possible destination.
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The Portuguese tactician would even be willing to sanction a move to a Premier League rival.
“I am always open to listen to offers for every player. More than listen to offers, I am always ready to listen to the players themselves,” Mourinho said, according to Sky Sports.
“So any player who knocks on my door and is not happy and wants to move, when the offers are correct, I will never stop a player from leaving even if it is to a rival.”
Mourinho has been in this situation before, when, as Chelsea boss, he agreed to sell Juan Mata to the Red Devils back in 2014, in a £37.1 million deal.
“When [Juan] Mata left Chelsea to come to Manchester United [in 2014], in my mentality, [it’s] no problem at all. I am always open,” he said.
Depay and Schneiderlin were brought to the club in 2015 by former United manager Louis van Gaal, but failed to hold down a regular starting berth last campaign.
This year, under Mourinho, the pair have failed to convince the manager that they can provide the necessary quality and are yet to start a league game.
Despite being willing to allow unhappy players to leave the club, the 53-year-old boss is keen to keep his squad together, insisting that everybody will be given a chance, especially with the hectic festive schedule right around the corner.
“I am happy with the squad I have”, he said. “I would like my squad to be my squad until the end of the season and I am not going to any player to say, ‘You are going to leave’ because I am not happy, because I don’t want to have him.”