Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has fuelled speculation over a move to Manchester United by confirming that there are lots of potential “attractive projects” for him to take on.
Pochettino has been out of work since he was sacked by Spurs two weeks ago, with Jose Mourinho brought in as his replacement and keeping a 100% record from his three games in charge so far.
Meanwhile, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under mounting pressure after a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday, which confirmed the club’s worst start to a league campaign in 31 years.
There have been calls from some to see Solskjaer sacked and Pochettino brought in at Old Trafford and while the Argentine has not confirmed which projects he is considering, the 46-year-old has said he is eager to return to manage in Europe.
“There are a lot of clubs and attractive projects for me to take on,” Pochettino told Fox Sports Argentina. “For the time being, the most important thing is for me to clear my head after five-and-a-half incredible seasons with Tottenham.
“My aim is to seek the ability to rebuild myself and get my self-motivation back. It is my intention to return to manage in Europe. It is hard for me to imagine a project in Argentina.
“However, for the sake of my family, I would not refuse to work over here. But now I need to be calm for a few days and see what happens. I haven’t had a lot of time to digest what has happened with me.”
Pochettino also said that his first thought after leaving Tottenham was to return to Argentina and reunite with family.
“My first decision was to come back to Argentina, return to my home and see family and friends. My best decision was to come to Argentina to switch off for 10 days.
“But I expect to return to Europe to make decisions on my future. At my age I don’t need a lot of time to recover. I am open to listen to projects put before me.”
The Gunners have installed Freddie Ljungberg in interim charge following Unai Emery’s departure last Friday but the search is underway to find a permanent successor.
Rodgers – who has guided Leicester to second in the Premier League this season – hinted on Sunday at the presence of a release clause in his contract which would allow him to be snapped up at the end of the season.
When asked about the potential of a move to the capital on Monday, however, the Foxes boss was keen to dispel any such speculation.