‘Going to be misunderstood’ – Pochettino breaks silence on Man Utd links

Mauricio Pochettino
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Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that he is happy at Paris Saint-Germain amidst speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

Pochettino, who remains a fan favourite among the Tottenham faithful despite parting ways with the club two years ago, is reported to be Man Utd’s number one target to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Sources have claimed that the 49-year-old is unhappy in Paris and would be willing to swap Parc des Princes for Old Trafford mid-season.

Ahead of PSG’s Champions League clash against Manchester City, the former Spurs boss said on Tuesday that he is fully focussed on trying to win games for the Ligue 1 giants.

When asked about the speculation regarding his future, Pochettino said (via Manchester Evening News): “We are so focused, we are giving 100% to try to get our best form from the players to help us in this way, I am so happy with PSG.

“For tomorrow we are so focused to try and get the best result we can.

“I think we cannot talk about that, my respect to my club, my respect to another man, what that club is doing is not my business. I need to be focused on Paris Saint-Germain.”

Pochettino also suggested that he will not speak regarding the Man Utd job as anything he says will be reported out of context. The PSG boss simply reiterated that he remains happy in the French capital.

The Argentine added: “I’m not going to make the mistake to talk. Everything we will say in a way, in the past when I was at Espanyol and my dream was to meet Ferguson, all that, I can tell now it’s going to be misunderstood and out of context.

“I am so happy at PSG, I am focused to try and give my best. I was a player at PSG, I love the club, I love the fans, it’s a fantastic time to be at the club

“Football is today, it is not tomorrow. The club needs to plan and we need to plan always about what will happen tomorrow but football is about results.

“A few days ago, two years that we left Tottenham and I remember a few weeks ago in the media there were rumours linking us with another club and look what happened after. It’s not about living in the past or the future.

“I think I was clear. I said to you all that my contract is until 2023. It is this season and one season more. I am really happy at Paris Saint-Germain. That is a fact. The fact is I am happy in Paris.”

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Reading between the lines, it sounds like Pochettino fancies the United job but is not willing to admit it publicly. If he wanted to stay at PSG, he could have easily ruled out leaving the club mid-season, which he did not.

This is quite similar to what he did in the summer when Spurs came calling as the Argentine seemed unwilling to tell the PSG hierarchy or the media that he wanted out. I expect United to eventually get their man, partly because PSG potentially have Zidane lined up to takeover.

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