Manchester United have a verbal agreement with Brendan Rodgers, according to reports. It’s been stated the Northern-Irishman would like to take over at Old Trafford at the end of the campaign, rather than now. But the Red Devils, it seems, have other ideas.
According to Caught Offside, United are interested in acquiring Rodgers’ services.
It’s stated the Leicester boss has agreed to take over at Old Trafford in the summer, rather than now.
But United are said to want Rodgers to start work at the club right away, particularly with the club struggling under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Now, in the wake of this development, it’s time to look back at what Rodgers has said about the job.
Speaking in October, at the end of the month, the former Liverpool, Celtic and Swansea boss insisted he didn’t dwell on United.
“I don’t even think about it – and that’s the brutal honesty,” he said.
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“I’m sure the supporters are probably tired of it. At Leicester, there is always a link.
“My focus is always here with Leicester and developing the football club on to that next level, where you’re competing for European football and challenging for honours.
“Everyone here at the club, from the chief executive to the director of football – staff, players – we’re all very much on the same path, same vision.”
Rodgers was also asked about Newcastle, with the Toon interested in acquiring him.
But the Leicester boss, responding specifically to those links, has claimed he’s happy at the King Power Stadium.
“I’ve got a contract until 2025,” he said.
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“I absolutely love being here [at Leicester].
“I’m very fortunate. I’ve got a great chief executive [Susan Whelan] who runs the club and a director of football [Jon Rudkin] I have a close relationship with.
“And a group of players I really enjoy working with. We have an infrastructure here that allows us to compete.
“For me, as long as they don’t want to move me, I’m very happy here.
“It doesn’t benefit anyone. I’ve been in the game long enough to focus on my job and my role. I’m very happy here to do that.”
Meanwhile, regarding Solskjaer, the United boss has insisted he’s still the right man for the job.
“I have good communication with the club,” he said.
“I want the best for United and as long as I’m here I want to do everything I can to improve this.”
And he added: “Very difficult to talk about because we started off badly, passive and when they got the first goal it was always going to be difficult.
“David kept us in the game and they scored a goal they always score.
“They played well and they don’t give you opportunities so some praise has to go to them but we were not at our level.
“I think the whole place went a little bit, of course you get disappointed but we still don’t trust ourselves with the ball.
“They made it hard for us but sometimes we chose the wrong solution, sometimes the right solution but not the right execution.
“You want to make it a derby game with tackles and 1-0 going into half time you think you have a chance but the second goal was worse than the 1000 passes.
“At the moment we are (far off top teams) we need to get back to where we were at the end of last season.
“I’m sure when we come back the players will be fresh and the demands will be high but we need to get back to what we were for a while and we have the players to do that.
“We’ve been through this a few times and since the last home game it’s been a very difficult period. Systems or style we need to be on the front foot more. I can’t look at myself and say this is how I want United to be.”