Mauricio Pochettino's true feelings on United vacancy following Mourinho's departure

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It was more than 10 years ago since Tottenham have won a trophy when they lifted the League Cup in 2008 under the management of Juande Ramos.

"It was very close and they had a couple of good chances but we got off to a flying start". "I feel so sorry because I know him very well, I have a very good relationship with him".

"Like always in football, no-one can guarantee nothing and when you are a manager, look what happened", he said.

"That is not my business and then I will not waste time or energy because my focus and energy is in Tottenham, is in tomorrow and to prepare the best way (for) the games, and, of course, to respect the club that employs you".

The former Southampton manager has taken Spurs from European race also-rans to genuine Premier League title challengers during his four-and-a-half years at the club.

For those who wish to see Mauricio Pochettino become the next manager of Manchester United - and those include Gary Neville - the signs are good. I only send my best wishes to Jose...

Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino enjoy a good relationship
Jose Mourinho left and Mauricio Pochettino enjoy a good relationship

Pochettino emphasised he was content at Spurs.

"It's not in my hands how to manage all of these rumours", he said.

"I think after almost five years there are a lot of rumours that have happened in my position here, as manager of Tottenham", said Pochettino. The players doesn't care too much about what happened about the rumours. "From day one, not only in the coaching staff, the players a lot of rumours happen in football".

He does not think that it will cause distraction to Spurs, who are still fighting on all four fronts this season and have the small matter of a Carabao Cup quarter-final at Arsenal to contend with on Wednesday night. David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Mourinho have all tried and failed, and although United still have a huge pull due to their rich history, success and global reach, there are so many issues behind-the-scenes and a total restructure is needed in terms of their soccer operations. But it's a very big test and also they are coming tomorrow with a very big ambition against us because after the first derby they need to show us and their supporters a big performance. We're focused and we're going to be focused on our job. "I am not creating rumours, I am here".

"We've played them a couple of times in the last few years but they are a different side this year", Vertonghen told his club's official website.

"The fixtures are not helping this season, but we're doing well".

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