Jose Mourinho has extended his contract with Manchester United until at least 2020, the club announced on Thursday.
Recent reports had suggested the manager was close to signing a fresh deal at Old Trafford, as he nears the end of his second season in charge.
And the news was made official as the club confirmed an extension that will keep him at the club for at least two more years.
“Jose Mourinho has signed an extension to his contract at Manchester United in a move that sees him commit his future to the Old Trafford club until at least 2020, with an option for a further year,” United signalled on the club’s official website.
“Mourinho, who became the first United manager in history to win a major trophy in his first season when he secured the EFL Cup at Wembley last February, also led the club to success in the only competition it had never previously won, when he masterminded the UEFA Europa League win in Stockholm in May.”
The former Inter, Real Madrid and Chelsea boss has never managed the same club for more than three consecutive seasons, but Man United director Ed Woodward praised his commitment to the institution and stated his belief that he would remain in charge for years to come.
“Jose has already achieved a great deal as Manchester United manager and I am delighted that he has agreed to extend his commitment until at least 2020,” he said.
“His work rate and professionalism are exceptional and he has embraced the club’s desire to promote top quality young players to the first team. He has brought an energy and a sense of purpose to everything that he does and I am sure that will continue to bring results for the fans and the club.”
Mourinho, meanwhile, underlined his commitment to keep delivering success as he looks to build on the two trophies lifted during his debut term.
“I am really honoured and proud to be Manchester United manager. I would like to say a big thank you to the owners and to Mr Woodward for the recognition of my hard work and dedication,” the manager stated.
“I am delighted they feel and trust that I am the right manager for this great club for the foreseeable future.
“We have set very high standards – winning three trophies in one season – but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for. We are creating the conditions for a brilliant and successful future for Manchester United.
“My thanks, of course, go to my staff and to my players; without their empathy and friendship this wouldn’t be possible. I love my players and it is a pleasure to know that we are going to be together for at least the next three years.
“And I cannot finish without thanking the fans for their support and for making me feel at home so quickly. I repeat, to be Manchester United manager is an honour every day and I am really happy.”