Mauricio Pochettino says he is a “better person” for his experiences managing in the Premier League amid speculation that Manchester United want him as their manager.
One talkSPORT journalist claimed that Pochettino had held ‘talks’ with United about joining at the end of the season, while The Independent reported yesterday that some Man Utd board members are still keen on bringing him in as boss.
When asked about his future at a LaLigaTV event in London (via the Daily Mirror), Pochettino at first joked he didn’t understand the question, before saying: “For me I was so lucky to start my career as a manager at Espanyol in Barcelona and then to come to the Premier League to learn a different language and culture and I am a better person today.
“I have more knowledge and had a great experience. The Premier League is the Premier League. Football was born here in England but I think La Liga has amazing football and amazing coaches.
“Coaches like Gustavo [Poyet] and myself, we try and be in the best place. England and Spain are the two best leagues in the world.”
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Pochettino added: “Barcelona, of course, are one of the greatest teams in the world. Of course now with the new manager everyone is expecting him to continue the same philosophy.
“Valverde did a fantastic job in La Liga and with Barcelona and it’s a massive challenge for Quique Setien. He showed unbelievable love for [Johan] Cruyff and the style of football of Barcelona.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for him to live his dream and it’s so amazing to follow what’s going to happen.”