Jose Mourinho has revealed he is yet to speak with Mauricio Pochettino since taking over as Tottenham manager.
Pochettino was relieved of his duties last week and was swiftly replaced by Mourinho, who led Spurs to a first away victory in the Premier League since January on Saturday as the Londoners beat West Ham United.
In his first press conference, Mourinho praised the work Pochettino had done during his Tottenham tenure and told the Argentine he is welcome back at the club any time.
Speaking to the media ahead of Tuesday’s crunch Champions League clash with Olympiacos, the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss reiterated that message but admitted he hasn’t spoken to Pochettino since replacing him.
“I haven’t spoke to him,” Mourinho said (via Football London). “I’ve been there and I know what he’s going through. I spoke to his son, in our academy, and I will call him. I told the players here to tell him he’s free to come here whenever, to have a meal with the players, if he wants me here or not that’s fine.”
Pochettino is likely hurting following his sacking, so it makes sense for Mourinho to give his contemporary some time before getting in touch. Meanwhile, Dele Alli and Harry Kane both went to see Pochettino following the news.
Speaking after Mourinho, Alli said: “When I found out I was upset and I wanted to speak to him. I went to see him. I’ve seen him more than my family over the past five years. After I heard the news I couldn’t wait to see him. I was very upset. It wasn’t so much a conversation about football more two friends having a chat.”
Watch Spurs train ahead of Olympiacos here.