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Christian Eriksen is confident Mauricio Pochettino will stay at Tottenham despite rumoured interest from Chelsea.

Pochettino has now led Spurs to three successive top four finishes in the Premier League with a relatively low budget compared to the other ‘big six’ clubs.

Reports earlier this week suggested the Argentinian’s fine work has attracted the interest of Chelsea, who are keen to appoint Pochettino as a replacement for Antonio Conte.

Conte is expected to leave Stamford Bridge regardless of the result in this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.

But Eriksen, who has been one of Tottenham’s best players since Pochettino arrived in 2014, insists the Spurs boss is going nowhere.

“He showed he’s a Spurs man,” Eriksen told the London Evening Standard.

“When I arrived [in summer 2013], there was a season with a lot of ups and downs at first but ever since [Pochettino joined a year later] it’s really been very stable — finishing in the top three is a big achievement for the manager.

“He can have a big pat on his shoulders for the people around him and for him. He’s pushed us and the players in the right direction.

“We’re going into every game and winning games with the right mentality with exciting football. The fans in particular, I hope, enjoy how we play.

“I enjoy how we play under the manager. I think the style of play is something that suits me and the players we have. Generally, you’re going into every game with excitement.

“You know you’re going to play forward and not going to defend. You’re going to try to create and score goals. Everybody who follows the Premier League knows we have been consistent with the points we’ve got.

“Finishing three times in the top three means a lot and it’s a big achievement compared to where the club were six years ago.”

After Sunday’s thrilling 5-4 win over Leicester City, Pochettino revealed he will hold talks with chairman Daniel Levy about taking “more risks” and “beginning a new project” this summer.

The 46-year-old will apparently urge Levy to sell the club’s wantaway players as soon as possible in order to raise funds for new recruits.

Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele are expected to depart, but Danny Rose intends to fight for his place in the team.

Reports claim Tottenham will reject any approaches for Pochettino, arguably the most important cog in the machine at the moment.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not sure what to make of this.
    Poch has said in the past that he could never move to the rival of a club he has played for or managed. Chelsea and Spurs do not like each other. At fan level and even board level, there seems to be a passionate hatred between the two clubs.
    How could Poch rationalise the move when he has said such things?

  2. hoo haa premiership panty poos………. nothing more on the merry go round playground journalists playground silly billy ness……..so never grow up he he !!!!

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