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Pochettino was unwilling to discuss rumours linking him with United as he prepared for PSG’s Champions League clash at Manchester City

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Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo credit should read Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo credit should read Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo credit should read Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Mauricio Pochettino side-stepped the opportunity to distance himself from a move to Manchester United, as he faced the media in the city that may soon become his home.

Pochettino was unwilling to discuss rumours linking him with United as he prepared for Paris St Germain’s Champions League clash across town at Manchester City, with his evasiveness adding to the suspicion that he may be eyeing up the Old Trafford vacancy.

PSG’s former Tottenham boss is considered a potential candidate for the new vacancy at Old Trafford created by the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and when he was asked whether he was interested in the job he appeared to be keen to avoid the subject.

"I am not a child. The rumours are there, I understand what is going on," he stated. "But this type of thing cannot distract me. Rumours are there and we need to leave it at that.

"We are still focused. We are focusing 100 per cent to try to get the best form.

"I am so happy in Paris St Germain and I am so focused. I was a player in Paris St Germain, I love the club, I love the fans. It is a fantastic time to be at the club.

"My contract is to 2023, this season and one more. I don’t say nothing different. I am really happy at Paris St Germain – that is a fact."

 

Pochettino, 49, took charge at PSG in January, but there have been persistent rumours that his relationship with Leaonardo, the club's Sporting Director, has been strained for some time.

After the Argentine tactician appeared to be open to the prospect of a return to Tottenham last summer, he now appears to be top of United's wanted list.

"We cannot talk about that for my respect for Paris St Germain and my respect for another club. It is not my business, not my problem," he added.

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"I need to focus on Paris St Germain. I am not going to make that mistake. Everything I say can be misunderstood.

"We are giving 100% to try and give the best to PSG and to the players to help them perform in the best ways. I am so happy at PSG and we are focussed on tomorrow and trying to get the best result that we can."

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