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Mauricio Pochettino's Real Madrid comments cast serious doubt on Spurs return


Mauricio Pochettino has suddenly emerged as the leading candidate for the vacant Tottenham manager’s role, just over a year and a half since he was relieved of his duties in North London.

During his time as Spurs boss, Pochettino transformed Tottenham’s fortunes and took the club to heights they had never previously reached, such as the 2019 Champions League final.

However, just five months after that same final, Pochettino was sacked after a dismal run of league form left Spurs languishing in 14th at the time of his departure.

Now the manager of Paris Saint-Germain, Pochettino reached the last four of this season’s Champions League before being dumped out by Manchester City.



Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a return to Tottenham Hostpur (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a return to Tottenham Hostpur (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Having only been appointed in January of this year, the 49-year-old is already being linked with the exit door having missed out on Ligue 1 success after the disappointment of Champions League elimination.

Recent speculation has suggested he is the man Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has identified as the club’s number one target for the managerial vacancy, but that deal could be scuppered by Zinedine Zidane’s decision to leave his post as Real Madrid boss.

Levy’s recent programme notes made for interesting reading as he confessed the club has lost sight of its ‘DNA’, explaining: “As a Club we have been so focused on delivering the stadium and dealing with the impact of the pandemic, that I feel we lost sight of some key priorities and what’s truly in our DNA.

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“The new stadium is pivotal to generating revenues to invest in the squad. Every single penny generated gets re-invested back into our Club.

“We are absolutely clear that central to our ambitions is a successful football team – it is what we all crave.

“We have come close over the last seven seasons and everyone’s focus is on a return to regular Champions League participation and competing for honours.”



Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed five years in North London
Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed five years in North London

With Los Blancos now also on the prowl for a new manager, Spurs may have worries they will be pipped to the post – especially given Pochettino’s fondness for the Spanish giants.

Over the course of his managerial career, Pochettino has made no secret of his desire to one day lead Real Madrid, something that may well now have the chance to do.

Real Madrid approached Pochettino in 2018 after Zinedine Zidane’s first exit from the club, but he opted to honour his contract with Tottenham.

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When asked about the situation, the then-Spurs boss said: “I don’t know if I’ll ever coach Madrid, but of course it’s my dream.

“If it’s not the best it’s one of the best clubs in the world. I’m no different, everyone has it on their dream list.”

Immediately after his appointment as PSG boss, Pochettino doubled down on his Real Madrid comments.

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The former Spurs manager claimed: “It was always my objective to one day be able to play for Real Madrid and when you don’t realize a dream, you say, ‘Well, look, one day I’d like to coach Real Madrid – after Espanyol.

“And why not one day coach Argentina, because I was born with the Argentinean flag on my chest. Those are the two things in football that I would say I would like to achieve.”





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