'The best in Europe,' Pochettino reveals his biggest reason for leaving Southampton

The Tottenham Hotspur boss admits the club's academy was a big draw for him.

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham could have the best academy in Europe.

And that was one of the Argentine's biggest reasons for leaving Southampton for Spurs this summer.

Southampton, of course, are notorious for the success of their own youth system - one which Pochettino himself was a big beneficiary of.

But the now Tottenham boss admits the 'unbelievable' academy and training ground in north London proved too big a draw for him at the start of the current campaign.

“For us, it’s very important to develop our young talent because we have an unbelievable academy and training ground and we need to profit from it,” Pochettino told reporters.

“It is important because the academy is always the heart of any club. It was one of the main reasons I decided to come here. The opportunity to work with this club’s academy was fantastic. I think it is the best in England, maybe even Europe.

“When a player arrives from the first team into the academy, it is special for everyone. It is important to put this philosophy in practice and give the opportunity to our young talent."

Pochettino has now got Tottenham playing much more consistently, with Spurs seventh in the Premier League table. Former side Southampton, however, are still two points about them in fifth despite not winning for five games.

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