New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff have been confirmed.
Trusted lieutenant Rui Faria has become the Red Devils’ assistant manager. Mourinho first met Faria at Barcelona before he worked as Mourinho’s fitness coach during his time in charge of Uniao de Leiria in Portugal and followed him to Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Coaches Silvino Louro, who has been with Mourinho for more than a decade having started out as his goalkeeping coach, Ricardo Formosinho and Carlos Lalin — who also have previous experience working with the Portuguese — and Emilio Alvarez have all been confirmed as members of the coaching staff along with analyst Giovanni Cerra.
Meanwhile, former United and Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has signed a two-year contract with Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough.
The 34-year-old left United this summer after a frustrating 18-month spell in which he made just two appearances and spent the second half of last season on loan at Standard Liege.
“You can’t imagine how delighted I am because it’s not usual to bring players like him to recently promoted teams,” Boro head coach Aitor Karanka said.
“I’m really pleased because he is really committed. All the conversations we’ve had he knows why he is here and he is coming to add to what we have.
“He knows how strong this group is. It’s a privilege for us to be able to bring a player like this to the club.”
In other transfer news, Bournemouth have had a £15m (€17.5m) bid for winger Jordon Ibe accepted by Liverpool and are close to completing a deal to sign Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook.
Ibe has been given permission to speak to the Cherries after a 2015-16 season that saw him make only 12 Premier League starts for the Reds.
The 20-year-old has been with Liverpool since joining from Wycombe in 2011.
Ibe, who has a total of 58 Liverpool appearances to his name, made his Reds first-team debut on the final day of the 2012-13 Premier League season. He spent time on loan with Birmingham during the following campaign, then with Derby in the season after that, and has also played four times for England U21s.
The news of Liverpool accepting a bid for him comes after they recruited winger Sadio Mane from Southampton last month. Cook would join Bournemouth after a whirlwind two years as a professional.
The 19-year-old academy graduate has been an ever-present for Leeds since making his debut in August 2014, scoring two goals in 85 appearances.
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