Jose Mourinho has praised Manchester United target Nicolas Pepe and claims the winger is a ‘quality player in the making’.
The 23-year-old has been one of the standout players in Ligue 1 this season, scoring 20 goals and registering 11 assists in 36 appearances.
According to reports this week, United have now opened talks with Lille to discuss a deal for Pepe, who is valued at £70 million by the French club. And Mourinho, who was sacked by United in December, believes his former club would be signing a player with huge potential.
Asked by L’Equipe if he would want to sign Pepe for his next club, Mourinho replied: ‘I don’t know what my next club will be! But everyone knows that he is a quality player in the making.’
Asked if he feels Pepe has been at the same level as Mbappe or Neymar this season, Mourinho replied: ‘He played almost every game, he was decisive for his team.
‘But to talk about Mbappe and Neymar is to talk about two of the best players in the world. If it had not been for three matches, Mbappe would have been the top scorer in Europe, I think. Neymar, with his injury, played half a season.
‘But they are players from another dimension. Luis [Campos, Lille’s sporting director], when he tells me about Kylian, he has shining eyes.
‘It’s not the diamond that says, ‘He can do that or that.’ No, he did it already! The question is how far he can go, he is so young and the room for improvement is important.’ Added the former United boss.