Pachuca manager Diego Alonso has told Hirving 'El Chuky' Lozano to forget about any potential move to Manchester United and focus on the job at his current club. Alonso insisted that the Premier League giants have not made any formal offer for the 20-year-old starlet, who he described as the most influential player in the Mexican league.
Hirving Lozano has seen his name linked with a move to Jose Mourinho's side ever since Pachuca's vice president, Andres Fassi, revealed to ESPN the club were in talks with the Red Devils. Yet subsequent developments surrounding 'El Chuky' have seen the story become muddled.
Lozano's father-in-law was quoted as saying a deal was almost done, and would be made official after the Rio Olympics. However, Pachuca president Jesus Martinez later denied any talks and suggested that the story was completely made up – despite his own vice president being the one who started the rumours.
In the meantime, Lozano did little to play speculation down, admitting that he would love to move to United to play under Mourinho.
"Of course the idea [of playing for Manchester United] excites me. They are a great team and [to make this into a reality] I must give my best," Lozano said in an interview with Esto En Linea. "It's nice that teams like [Manchester United] target you and I think I have to keep doing things right to continue on the radar of these kind of teams. [Mourinho] is a great coach and [Zlatan Ibrahimovic] is one of the best strikers in the world. But first it is necessary to speak with Pachuca and then we will see the rest."
But Pachuca boss Alonso has now urged the winger to forget about those rumours and concentrate on the job at hand with Los Tuzos.
"I am very calm because I know he [Lozano] has spoken with club officials. He spoke with Jesus Martinez and they explained to him the reality of the situation. And the reality is that today he must be fully focused on Pachuca because there is absolutely nothing [with Manchester United]," Alonso said in a press conference, as quoted by Univision.
Alonso paid major tribute to his charge, stating that interest from Europe's elite should be expected.
"Logically there is going to be interest [from big clubs] but there have been no offers. If we get an offer he will be the first to know it, but we plan for El Chuky to be with us throughout the rest of the season," he said. "Hirving Lozano is the most influential player in the league and [his teammate] Erick Gutierrez is the best player in Mexico."