Jose Mourinho has predicted an end to the ‘crazy numbers’ in the transfer market once football edges back to normality in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Talks are continuing over a behind-closed-doors return for the Premier League next month, the division having been suspended since mid-March following the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.
The enforced shutdown of elite-level football has severely hindered the finances of clubs across the game, and Tottenham boss Mourinho believes the impact of the pandemic will lead to a drastically different approach to the transfer market.
“It is normal you are going to have a different market, I don’t see the world – especially the football world – ready for some crazy numbers we used to have,” he told Sky Sports.
“The first questions after that is will be when will the transfer window be? I don’t think it will be in July or August anymore, it has to go further than that.
“I would like my club to be what I know what we will be: sensible, balanced and not going to spend rivers of money. We are trying to respect the situation, not just the football, but the situation in the world and society overall.
“But it is the last thing we are thinking, we are not thinking about it. There are no talks about it. We think about safety and following every rule.”
The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss added that he is desperate to see his side return to action as soon as possible, admitting it is ‘hard to see other countries playing football’ as English football remains in shutdown at present.
“Since the moment the Bundesliga started, since the Portuguese and Spanish leagues announced a date to restart, that is the most difficult moment for us,” Mourinho said.
“We want to play, it’s hard to see other countries playing football and we don’t do it. German professionals are giving the world something they love and we are not.
“But we trust what the authorities and Premier League are doing. When they say it’s the moment to start, we want to do it.”