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PSG’s Pochettino: United links can only be a good thing

Sat 27 November 2021 | 16:24

The Red Devils are keen on acquiring Mauricio Pochettino’s services on a long-term deal, but he is “happy” at PSG.

Mauricio Pochettino

believes that being linked with the managerial role at

Manchester United

is a good thing as it means that he is doing his job at

Paris Saint-Germain

well.

The former Tottenham manager has attracted the attention of the Red Devils for the coaching job, as the

Premier League

side looks for a permanent replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pochettino is reportedly eager to return to the English top flight, with United looking poised to name Ralf Rangnick as their interim boss for the remainder of the season.

The PSG boss did not comment on the speculations after their 2-1 loss at the hands of

Manchester City

in the Champions League on Wednesday. However, Leonardo, the PSG sporting director, insisted that the Argentine has not requested to depart the club.

Until United appoint a new permanent boss, the rumors are likely to be there, but Pochettino is focused on his job at Parc des Princes.

"

I am very focused on PSG. We are used to these rumours,"

he said at a news conference ahead of Sunday's Ligue 1 trip to Saint-Etienne. 

"Rumours come often, and it's a good sign that they come often, because it's a sign that we are doing a good job. 

"But we do not create these rumours. We just focus on working well. We make sure to stay calm and that it does not affect us. The players are focused, too. It doesn't affect us."

Pochettino was cheekily quized whether he prefers roast beef or boeuf bourguignon, to which he answered:

"Argentinian barbecue, always!"

PSG will go to Stade Geoffroy-Guichard trying to bounce back from the loss they suffered against City.

They have won 12 matches out of 14 in Ligue 1 this season. Sergio Ramos is going to return to action as he has recovered from a niggling injury issue.

"

He needs to play. We'll have to see how he adapts to the league, which is completely different from LaLiga,"

Pochettino said.

"It's hard to predict how he will get on. It's just a feeling. He'll need the time it takes.

"He's behaving professionally and wants to help the team. He's a player that we know, with a lot of experience, and is a great champion. He can bring his knowledge and values."

Marco Verratti, on the other hand, will not be available for the Saint-Etienne trip, but he will return to training next week, whereas Ander Herrera, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mauro Icardi are also out.

"

These are things that happen in football,"

Pochettino said when asked about Verratti's injury setback.

"He's an important player for us, but also for all the coaches who have been here. 

"He is a fundamental player. It's a pity that he cannot be counted on tomorrow. We hope that he can find this continuity with the team to play regularly. We are still positive, and we hope that this will be his last injury."


source: SportMob

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