Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has completely ruled out a move to Barcelona.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told the London Evening Standard that he could never manage Arsenal or Barcelona – even if Daniel Levy sacked him.
Pochettino has worked wonders at White Hart Lane since leaving Southampton to replace Tim Sherwood in the Spurs dugout back in the summer of 2014, turning Spurs from top four wannabes into title contenders.
His development of players such as Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele has been important to his success so far, as has handing key roles to young English players such as Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
Silverware has evaded Pochettino so far, but it seems like only a matter of time until he’s celebrating a trophy with Tottenham – but his work has unsurprisingly attracted great attention.
The most recent link for Pochettino is concerning Barcelona, as the Catalan giants are looking for a replacement for Luis Enrique, who will leave his post at the Camp Nou this summer.
Pochettino has been touted as a possible target for Barca, but his ties to local rivals Espanyol – having both played for and managed them – meant it was always going to be a surprise move should the Argentinian have made it.
Today, ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Burnley, Pochettino has told the London Evening Standard that he could never manage Barcelona even if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy sacked him, as he loves Espanyol too much.
Tottenham fans will primarily be delighted to hear that Pochettino’s main suitor this summer won’t be landing their star manager, and he added that it is also ‘impossible’ for him to manage North London rivals Arsenal at any point in his career.
“I am an Espanyol supporter. If Daniel Levy sacked me in a few years, it would be impossible to manage Barcelona,” said Pochettino. “In football it is difficult to keep values like loyalty but to me loyalty and honesty come before being a manager or a player. I am an Espanyol fan and I love Espanyol. Now I am at Tottenham it would be impossible for me to move to Arsenal one day,” he added.
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