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Mourinho wanted Valencia

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he tried to sign Antonio Valencia when he was manager of Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013.

The Ecuadorian has impressed under Mourinho this season, but Mourinho was told “no chance” when he tried to bring him to Spain.

“I tried to sign Antonio a number of years ago, when I was at Madrid,” Mourinho told MUTV. “Even though he was not playing right-back at the time, I thought he could be phenomenal in that position. As ti was, United told me: ‘No chance'”.