Mauricio Pochettino refused to shut down speculation over a move to Manchester United (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)
The Argentine is United’s preferred choice to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford but he has 18 months to run on his deal in the French capital.
Pochettino, though, is said to be keen on moving to the Theatre of Dreams and he failed to fully shutdown the speculation when quizzed on it on Tuesday.
‘Rumours are there and we need to live with that. This is what we are living. We need to be focused. I am so happy in PSG. I was a player at PSG, I love the club, I love the fans,’ said Pochettino.
Pochettino is United’s first choice to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
While he said he was happy in Paris, he failed to fully commit his future to the club and did just enough to keep United interested in his services.
It is not the first time that Pochettino has positioned himself for an exit since joining Paris Saint-Germain.
The Argentine held high-level talks with Tottenham over a sensational return to the club last summer and the meeting came just days after he had discussed transfer plans with PSG’s board, according to the Athletic.
The Ligue 1 giants put a stop to the interest but Pochettino’s interest in returning spoke volumes, with the Argentine clearly not fully committed to life in France.
Pochettino’s wife still lives in London, while he’s known to love the Premier League and life in the UK.
But Pochettino is one of the best-paid managers in the world, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at his disposal, and the board are ‘growing tired’ of his flirtations with other clubs.
United, for their part, believe their best chance of landing Pochettino will come in the summer but they haven’t given up hope of hiring him now.