Pochettino insists he is focused on Tottenham

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Mauricio Pochettino insists he is focused only on his job at Tottenham amid speculation linking him to the vacant managerial position at Manchester United.

United are looking for a new manager after sacking Jose Mourinho on Tuesday and Pochettino, who was considered for the role in 2016, is reported to be number one on the Old Trafford wish-list.

Being faced with rumours about his position is nothing new for the Argentinian as he was heavily linked with a summer move to Real Madrid, before eventually signing a new five-year contract.

But Pochettino declined the opportunity to categorically rule himself out of moving to Old Trafford, instead saying he was focused only on Spurs, who have the small matter of a north London derby against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

“First of all I want to send my best wishes to him (Mourinho) and I feel so sorry because you know very well I have a very good relationship him,” he said.

“He’s a very good friend and always it’s sad news, what happened today. Then it’s not my business, what happened at another club. I only want to send my best wishes to Jose.”

He added: “We know a lot of rumours happen. But it’s not my business what happens in another club now.

“I’m so focused on delivering my best job, our best job, in this club and now we have ahead a very busy period and tomorrow we play another derby, such an important derby for us.

“It’s the quarter-final of the cup. I think you and all the people understand we’re focused on trying to deliver our best job tomorrow.”

Spurs fans might be understandably worried about the man who has turned them into perennial top-four challengers in the Premier League moving to United, but Pochettino did not feel the need to reassure them.

“After nearly five years, what more do I need to say?” he asked.

“From day one, not only in the coaching staff but with the players, there’s a lot of rumours that happen in football. Today the business is like this.

“I accept everything. I accept the rumours when they’re positive, when they’re negative. I accept opinions when you win and people praise you and when you lose and they’re negative against you.

“That’s part of our business and our job.”

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