“I’m not okay with it”: Club chief admits being “bothered” by “noise” linking their manager to United

Director of Bologna Claudio Fenucci has acknowledged that the persistent reports that Thiago Motta and some of the team’s biggest players are linked to teams like Manchester United are bothering him.

It’s believed that INEOS has Bologna manager Motta on its list of possible replacements for manager Erik ten Hag, who is currently under pressure.

By United’s typically high standards, Ten Hag has presided over a rather disappointing season. There have been rumours that he may be fired at the end of the campaign to give Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS a fresh start for their tenure.

The Red Devils have also been linked to other elite coaches in addition to Motta, such as Carlo Ancelotti, Ruben Amorim, Julian Nagelsmann, Roberto De Zerbi, Graham Potter, Gareth Southgate, Zinedine Zidane, Gary O’Neil, Zinedine Zidane and Thomas Frank.

According to a recent source that The Peoples Person published, Motta—who is also being considered by Juventus—would much rather work in England than Italy, which would give United a significant advantage in their pursuit of him.

There are other Bologna natives who have been identified as potential candidates for United to consider, including the former midfielder for Paris Saint-Germain.

It has been reported that Ten Hag’s team is also interested in Joshua Zirkzee, a striker, as the search intensifies for Rasmus Hojlund’s consistent forward partner.

Fenucci spoke to Radio Serie A on Monday (via Football Italia) and addressed the “noise” surrounding Motta and claims they could be on the move to United or other interested parties.

He said about Motta, “Thiago is working like he had a long-term contract with us. It’s not a problem that he hasn’t yet confirmed his journey with us for the coming years. What bothers me a little is the continuous rumours and the noise around our players. I am not okay with it.”

“We are a strong club, one of the most solid in Serie A and we don’t want to change this group in the future. It’s very annoying to see many of our players linked with other clubs, it’s not a nice feeling.”

The Bologna director added, “However, I am sure this has a limited effect on them as they are all focused on our target and happy to be at Bologna. Our club is solid financially thanks to our owner [Joey Saputo], and we have long-term plans for the club’s growth, sporting results, and organisation.”

“We have a long-term vision and financial solidity to continue on this journey. We are in the race with clubs that aim for a Champions League placement every year; their revenues allow them to plan for the future with these sorts of targets.”

On players like Zirkzee possibly leaving in search of pastures anew, Fenucci remarked, “We want to keep them all in Rossoblu, which is their colour.”

Bologna are on track to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history and have the opportunity to further cement their place in the league rankings when they take on rivals AS Roma in a week’s time.

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