Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed claims in Mauricio Pochettino’s new book as the Tottenham manager’s ghost-writer trying to make money.
In Brave New World, Pochettino is quoted as saying that Mourinho put his defensive midfielder in a ‘compromising position’ by talking to him straight after a defeat at Old Trafford.
Pochettino wrote: ‘Mourinho and I had finished our interviews at Old Trafford and the players were doing their warm-down. When José was done with the press, he stood by the entrance to the tunnel and regarded the returning players.
‘He greeted Moussa Sissoko and hugged Dier. They passed by me en route to the dressing rooms, laughing, speaking in Portuguese. Maybe it is a common Mourinho tactic but he put Eric in a compromising position. You cannot do that after a defeat.
‘”Are you friends with Mourinho?’ I asked him. ‘No, but I’ve known him a long time, from my time in Portugal – one of his godsons coached me. He always says hello.’ As for the Mourinho incident, ‘What could I have done?’ Eric asked me. He [Dier] told me about United’s interest since last summer  and I explained the situation to him clearly.
‘Ever since that conversation, Eric admits that he could have waited for Mourinho to be out of sight before heading to the dressing room.’
Mourinho dismissed the claims, saying on Friday: “If it is Mauricio’s words or it is his ghost writer’s, I really don’t know.
“What I do know, is that every season, during the summer, before every season he calls me and I call Mauricio and we ask about each other’s players to see if they are available or not.
“I don’t know why I should speak to Dier on a football match day in the tunnel, maybe it is to try and sell books. Maybe his ghost writer wants to make some money.
“I just have a very good relationship with him. He’s one of the guys I’ve known for many years and we’ve always had a very good relationship.”
Mourinho then went on to claim that he never had serious interest in Dier, claiming that Nemanja Matic was his target all along.
“I have the player that I really wanted to have, probably I have the player I didn’t think it was possible to have but we got the player I really wanted,” he said.