Southampton boss Pochettino coy over Tottenham rumours


Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has refused to play down speculation of a move to Spurs this summer.

Pochettino, 42, was most well known in England for being the man who tripped Michael Owen in the penalty area at the 2002 World Cup as David Beckham's spot kick gave the Three Lions a 1-0 win over Argentina, but he has managed to make almost everybody forget about that as he's become one of the top young managers in the country.

The former Paris Saint-Germain defender impressed during his first managerial job with another of his former clubs, Espanyol, but after the Barcelona-based side were forced to sell the likes of Jose Callejon, Dani Osvaldo, Victor Ruiz and Didac Vila, Pochettino struggled and was sacked with the team struggling at the wrong end of the La Liga table.

That's why it was considered such a gamble when Southampton sacked manager Nigel Adkins, who had taken the Saints from League One to the Premier League, in favour of Pochettino - but they've been proven right so far, with a top eight finish on the cards this season.

His successful stint at St. Mary's Stadium has unsurprisingly led to interest from elsewhere, with Tottenham reportedly looking to replace Tim Sherwood with the Argentine, and Pochettino admitted that he would like to stay in England without committing his future to Southampton.

"Yes, yes, yes. I would like to be in the Premier League. It is the best league in the world, and I'd like to be here as long as I can," said Pochettino. "I said back in January that at the end of the season I will be speaking to the club. The possibilities are open. In football I am very much accustomed to living with these rumours and have been hearing these rumours all my life, firstly as a player and then as a manager."

When asked about Spurs, Pochettino was unsurprisingly coy. "Tottenham still have a manager," he said, "I still have one more year on my contract, I don't talk about rumours and I'm focussed on this job. I am just calm. My job ahead is these last five games of the season with Southampton to try and get as many points as we can."

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