Brendan Rodgers responds to Man United making him their ‘No.1 Managerial target’

Brendan Rodgers says links with the Manchester United job are ‘not real’ and insists he is fully focused on Leicester City.

With Ole Gunnar Soskjaer under mounting pressure at Old Trafford, reports have claimed Rodgers is the club’s preferred choice to take over if the Norwegian is relieved of his duties.

Quizzed on the reports during Thursday’s press conference, Rodgers dismissed the speculation as ‘disrespectful’ to the current United boss and underlined his commitment to the job at hand at the King Power Stadium.

‘Firstly, it’s really disrespectful for you to ask the question when there is a manager in place at the club. A good manager and a good man who is working at the club,’ Rodgers said ahead of Saturday’s clash with Chelsea.

‘Secondly, I can’t really comment on it because it’s not real. I’m proud to be here at Leicester City. I’m privileged to be here and I’m fully committed to the players, the club and the ownership. All the other noise is something we can’t control.

‘The only thing I’m thinking about is Chelsea and getting ready for that.

‘It’s obviously frustrating for supporters and my players. If anyone were to read anything that is out there then it can destabilise.

‘It’s something that is in the modern game, much more now, lots of speculation, lots of gossip. But is all part of the game and is something I have no focus on whatsoever.’

Leicester named Rodgers their new manager in February 2019 with the Northern Irishman leading the club to consecutive fifth place finishes in his first full two seasons, also winning last season’s FA Cup.

Recent reports have claimed the United board has privately conceded that Solskjaer’s reign at the club will not last beyond this season with Rodgers their preferred choice to replace him.

Rodgers is said to have impressed the United hierarchy with his playing style, promotion of youth and ability to work on a budget.