Blanc denies United return reports

Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc has denied reports that he is to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager.

The former United defender has proved a huge success in his three years as manager of the French side – guiding les Girondins to a first league championship in a decade last season.

And his Bordeaux side currently sit nine points clear at the top of the standings, with Blanc having built a talented side featuring talented youngsters Yoann Gourcuff and Marouane Chamakh -  reportedly wanted by a string of Premier League sides including Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Bordeaux face Olympiakos in the Champions League last 16 after topping their group that included both Bayern Munich and Juventus.

And as a result, these achievements have led 44-year-old Blanc to be linked with both the French national team and the Old Trafford hot-seat.

However, he has insisted that he wants to stay with the Stade Chaban Delmas side.

"I signed a contract with Bordeaux for two more years so there is no urgency regarding my future," Blanc told Europe 1.

"I have not received any approaches either from the [French Football] Federation or from abroad.

"Just because I have strong links with Ferguson he's not going to come up to me and say 'Hey, here you go Laurent, I've saved the place for you'."

World Cup winner Blanc joined the Red Devils in 2001 having previously played for European giants Barcelona and Inter Milan, winning one Premier League title before retiring in 2003.

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