‘It’s not real’ – Rodgers breaks silence on Man Utd rumours

Date published: Thursday 18th November 2021 3:18 - Jason Soutar

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates a win

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers insists rumours linking him with the Manchester United job are “not real”.

The former Liverpool boss has done a terrific job at the King Power Stadium since replacing Claude Puel in February 2019.

Rodgers guided the Foxes to fifth-place finishes in the last two seasons, narrowly missing out on the top four in each campaign.

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With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under immense pressure at Man Utd, the 48-year-old manager has been tipped to be the Norwegian’s successor.

Rodgers has also been linked with moves to Newcastle United, Tottenham and Arsenal in recent years.

However, he has shot down claims that he will replace Solskjaer, reassuring Leicester fans that he is “fully committed” to his current club.

Ahead of the Foxes’ match against Chelsea on Saturday, Rodgers said: “There’s two things. Firstly it is really disrespectful to ask the question when you have a manager in place, a good manager and a good man.

“Secondly I can’t really comment on it, because it is something that is not real.

“I am here as the Leicester City manager, proud to be here, privileged to be here and fully committed to the players, the club, the ownership. That’s about it, all the other noise around that is something we can’t control.”

While the gossip does not bother him, he says it can have a destabilising effect.

“It doesn’t frustrate me because my focus is always looking for the next game. The only club I am thinking about is Chelsea and getting ready for that,” he said.

“It is frustrating for our supporters and also my players, if anyone is to read anything that is out there then that can destabilise. It is something that is the modern game, lots of speculation and gossip, it’s all part of the modern game but it’s not something I have any focus on.”

Youri Tielemans will miss out for Leicester against the European champions along with James Justin, but Marc Albrighton could feature.

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