Mauricio Pochettino has said he is “very happy” at Tottenham Hotspur amid suggestions he missed the chance to become Real Madrid manager.

The Spurs boss was linked with Madrid last summer when Zinedine Zidane unexpectedly resigned.

Pochettino had just signed a new long-term contract with Tottenham and ended up staying in north London while Madrid hired Julen Lopetegui.

Santiago Solari replaced the sacked Lopetegui not long into the season, but Solari has already gone, with Zidane coming back in.

Pochettino was again mooted as a potential replacement for Solari, but Madrid will no longer be aiming to appoint the Argentinian this summer.

Speaking to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Pochettino insisted he is happy where he is.

“I don’t have the feeling that I missed the Madrid train. I don’t look at the long term, I’m happy and I still have four years left on my contract,” he said (via the London Evening Standard).

“There are always rumours, not just with me but with other colleagues in the profession. But 90 per cent of them are false. I’m very happy at Tottenham.

“Tottenham have a different philosophy. We are really motivated for the Champions League and with the opening of the new stadium. We have a lot of confidence in what we are doing.”

Pochettino was also linked with the Manchester United job when Jose Mourinho was sacked in December.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer initially took over until the end of the season but looks set to be given the full-time job in the summer.

As a result, it looks like Pochettino won’t have any suitors this summer.




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