Tottenham will not deal with any club attempting to poach manager Mauricio Pochettino this summer, according to the London Evening Standard.
Reports have emerged suggesting Chelsea are interested in appointing Pochettino as Antonio Conte’s replacement if the Italian leaves Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Conte is expected to leave even if Chelsea beat Manchester United in this weekend’s FA Cup final.
Standard journalist and reliable Spurs reporter Dan Kilpatrick claims Chelsea are admirers of Pochettino’s work.
But Kilpatrick also reports Tottenham have said they will not deal with any club attempting to lure Pochettino this summer.
After Sunday’s thrilling 5-4 win over Leicester City, Pochettino revealed he is set for talks with chairman Daniel Levy about beginning a “new project” and taking “more risks” ahead of the new season.
He will apparently ask for a transfer budget of around £150 million, which will partly be made up of the funds Spurs receive from selling the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele.
Tottenham fans will be pleased to hear the club is unwilling to lose Pochettino, although questions marks will continue to be raised over his long-term future if he isn’t backed financially by the club.