Report explains why Tottenham are delaying Pochettino contract talks

Spurs are reportedly keen to reward the Argentine with a new deal.

Tottenham Hotspur are planning formal talks with Mauricio Pochettino regarding a new contract - though not until the summer, the London Evening Standard reports.

The Argentine has done a splendid job since taking the reins 22 months ago - transforming Spurs into Premier League title contenders.

And his exploits are said to have attracted outside attention, with a report in the Sun on Sunday claiming interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.

In light of those suggestions, it would make sense for Spurs to open talks as quickly as possible but, according to the London Evening Standard, there's a logical reason for their apparent delay.

The report reads: "[Spurs chairman] Levy is keen to reward Pochettino with a new deal that could be worth more than £3.5m per year with bonuses but at the moment, both sides are keen to avoid distractions as Spurs attempt to secure their first league title since 1961 and only the third in their history."

Pochettino has another three seasons to run on his existing contract, after this one, which lessens the need to panic even further.

According to the Sun on Sunday, the 44-year-old stands to earn an additional £1million a year with his new deal, which will also expire in June 2019.

Pochettino, who led Southampton to their highest ever Premier League points tally until it was surpassed by Ronald Koeman's team last year, took over from Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane, after the former Spurs midfielder had led them to sixth in 2013-14.

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