Mauricio Pochettino said he was “so happy” at Paris Saint-Germain and won’t let Manchester United’s interest distract him from his current role.
Pochettino remains United’s first choice this summer but the club doesn’t rule out an earlier move by the Argentine.
United are aware that Pochettino has big problems with PSG sporting director Leonardo, but are also wary that the former Tottenham boss has flirted with the idea of moving to Old Trafford.
Pochettino said in Manchester ahead of PSG’s Champions League game in Manchester City: “I’m focused. I am very focused on football. I’m not a kid, I’ve spent my whole life playing soccer and I’m 12 now. We’re in a business where there are rumors, I understand what’s going on.
“Something like that can’t be distracting. There are rumors that we have to live with that. We are so focused and give 100 percent to get our best out of the club and the players. I am so happy at Paris Saint-Germain because tomorrow we will be so focused on getting the best possible results. “
Pochettino took over the helm of PSG in January, pointing out that his current contract will expire at the end of the 2022/23 season.
He added: “What another club does is none of my business, I have to focus on PSG. I won’t make the mistake of talking. You know everything we’re going to say, it was in the past at Espanyol When I said my dream was to meet Sir Alex (Ferguson) everything I say now is being misunderstood and taken out of context. I was a PSG player. I love the club. I love the fans. We’re fighting in Ligue 1 and the Champions League.
“My contract runs until 2023. This season and another season. I don’t say anything else. I am very happy at PSG. That’s a fact.”
Meanwhile, United continues its search for an interim manager and has had numerous expressions of interest, with Michael Carrick serving as caretaker for the time being – including hers Champions League game against Villarreal this evening.
United would have to pay £ 8.4m to replace Pochettino from PSG, according to French football expert Jonathan Johnson.
“At this point, neither party took a step – that is my understanding,” he said Sky sports news. “But if United knocked on PSG’s door, ready to pay full compensation for Pochettino – which I think is more than € 10m [£8.4m] – then the PSG could bring it to the table.
“PSG are aware that there could be another candidate in Zinedine Zidane who might be interested in replacing Pochettino, who would likely be the only viable PSG candidate for a possible successor to the Argentine.
“There won’t be a repeat of last year when PSG fired Thomas Tuchel in the middle of the season. From a sporting point of view, this cannot be justified because of the results that the team achieved on the pitch and also from a financial point of view. ” Point of view, because the compensation would be even higher than that of the Germans.
“The only real option for United is to come to PSG and say they are ready to pay off the entire contract term.”
Paul Merson believes the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo “threw Solskjaer’s United plan out the window”.
“I’m sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,” said Merson. “He had a plan at the start of the season after finishing second last season. He chased Jadon Sancho for a long time, got him in and gave Edinson Cavani another year.
“You could see his plan: you play Cavani every other game, you have Sancho on one side, Marcus Rashford on the other, you have Mason Greenwood who comes in and exchanges, you have speed, strength, energy, youth, Skill, the ”crowd.
“Then, just before the season starts, he gets Ronaldo. I think he threw it all out the window. From day one they are not a better team with Ronaldo.
“You aren’t unbeaten in 29 games without playing in a certain way, and bringing in Sancho gave them another weapon to play that way. With Ronaldo up there you no longer have that weapon to play on the counterattack. ” And Bruno Fernandes was their best player last season – he has hardly had a touch this season!
“For Solskjaer everything is in the snow. He had a plan and the Ronaldo situation threw it all out the window right before the season started. They only picked him because they heard that Man City was after him. It’s not like United calling. ” Juventus ask if he is available because Ronaldo is the missing link in United’s Premier League win.
“They thought, ‘We can’t let him go to Man City – it’s bad enough that they graduate in the league above us every year anyway!'”