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Over the weekend, Spanish journalist Guillem Balague – the author of Mauricio Pochettino’s biography – revealed Real Madrid have ended their interest in the Tottenham manager.
Madrid had identified Pochettino as their number one target to replace Zinedine Zidane, who left his post at the Bernabeu last week after leading the La Liga giants to a third successive Champions League title.
Pochettino signed a new five-year contract with Spurs last month and has apparently been promised increased transfer funds to overhaul his squad this summer.
Balague has also revealed why Madrid ended their interest in the Argentinian.
The lack of a release clause in Pochettino’s contract coupled with the prospect of difficult negotiations with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy ultimately forced Madrid to look elsewhere.
Balague told Sky Sports: “Real could see there was so many positives in signing him, not just the fact he can deal with the stars but how he improves players and how he works with youth players as well.
“But what they had in front of them was the possibility of negotiating with Daniel Levy for perhaps a month, even longer, with no guarantees whatsoever that they were going to get him.
“They know that Levy is a very tough negotiator, with Florentino [Perez, Real Madrid’s president] having been in touch with him in recent seasons. They’ve decided to abandon the possibility of signing Mauricio Pochettino.”
The update will come as welcome news to Spurs fans, many of whom will have been genuinely concerned when Madrid’s interest became apparently last week.
There is still a chance Pochettino will take over at the Bernabeu in the future, but it’s vital Tottenham hold on to him while they are still in a transitional period.