Rio Ferdinand pays Mauricio Pochettino the ultimate compliment

The former defender says that he would have loved to play under the Tottenham Hotspur boss.

Former West Ham United and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said on BT Sport 1 on Saturday afternoon (March 5) that he would have loved to play under Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Ferdinand, who also played for Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers during his career, made the comments in the build-up to BT Sport 1’s coverage of the Premier League game between Tottenham and Arsenal on Saturday afternoon (broadcast from 12pm).

“I want to play for him (Pochettino),” said the former England international centre-back. “I would want to play for him.”

Ferdinand’s compliment is the ultimate that any footballer - or former footballer - could give a manager.

Pochettino, who has been in charge of Tottenham since the summer of 2014, has done a remarkable job at White Hart Lane.

Spurs, who played out a 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the North London derby on Saturday afternoon, are in the running for the Premier League title this season.

The Argentine boss has transformed Tottenham’s mentally and has built a youthful and energetic squad in his own image.

Ferdinand has worked with some of the best managers over the years, including the great Sir Alex Ferguson, and him saying that he would have loved to work with Pochettino is huge praise indeed.

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