Despite being linked with the Barcelona managerial vacancy that will open this summer, Mauricio Pochettino has suggested he could never manage the La Liga giants.
In a press conference ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League trip to Burnley on Saturday, the Spurs manager claimed his ties to Espanyol would make it impossible for him to manage local rivals Barcelona.
Pochettino managed Espanyol before moving to England to take charge of Southampton, the club he left in 2014 to join Tottenham.
#thfc Poch says meeting with Barca president ‘a coincidence’. Says he loves Espnayol & Spurs, & could never manage Barca & Arsenal.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) March 30, 2017
The Argentine told reporters: “For me, before being a manager and player, being loyal is more important, to be honest. I love Espanyol, and now it’s like Tottenham.
“It’s like if one day Daniel Levy sacked me, in a few years, for me it would be impossible to manage Arsenal.”
You can watch the full press conference below.