Mauricio Pochettino says he is “very happy” at Tottenham amid reports linking with the vacant managerial post at Real Madrid.
The Spurs boss has been heavily linked with Madrid ever since Zinedine Zidane left the Bernabeu on Thursday after winning a third successive Champions League title with the La Liga giants.
Reports claim Pochettino is Madrid president Florentino Perez’s first choice candidate to take over from Zidane, although talk of a release clause in Pochettino’s new contract has been dismissed.
Pochettino signed a new five-year deal with Tottenham last month, and there had been suggestions it included a clause that would allow the Argentinian to speak with Madrid if they came calling.
It’s now been confirmed that isn’t the case, although it remains possible Pochettino will be tempted by Madrid.
However, the 46-year-old has been speaking during the launch of his book in Barcelona, where he revealed he is “very happy” at Spurs and confirmed there is no release clause in his contract.
According to football.london, Pochettino said: “The link now with Madrid is normal and I take it with all normality. I’m committed to Spurs and still have a long contract with them I just signed. I’m happy where I am, and to be here talking about this book.
“I am very happy to be at Tottenham. Let’s enjoy this moment now and in the future see what happens.”
That sounds very reassuring to me. As does this…
On Real link: “I take it naturally, it does not affect me at all, I am involved in a spectacular project where the motivation is tremendous. I renewed my contract recently for another five years, I am happy and I am happy that people at Tottenham are happy with me.”
— Tom Allnutt (@TomAllnuttAFP) June 1, 2018