Pochettino set for improved deal

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Mauricio Pochettino

The Telegraph says that the club are optimistic Mauricio Pochettino will sign a new contract that would make him one of the best paid managers in the Premier League, with a host of his top stars also set to be offered improved deals.

The article believes that Pochettino, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris, Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen are all expected to sign new deals with the club in the coming months.

We took a huge step towards qualifying for the Champions League for the third successive season with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea and we still have an FA Cup semi-final date against Manchester United to look forward to.

The article adds that Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are all admirers of Pochettino, but tbe Spurs hierarchy are confident he will sign a new contract worth around £8.5 million-a-year as long as Real do not make a big move.

It would represent a £3m increase on his current salary and place Pochettino fourth in the list of the Premier League’s highest paid managers – behind Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, although Conte is expected to leave Chelsea this summer.

It goes on to say how Pochettino only signed his last contract worth £5.5m-a-year in May 2016 but that the club are ready to reward him for two more years of progression – including the club’s first league victory at Stamford Bridge since 1990.

Pochettino will of course seek assurance that no he player he wants to keep will be sold the article adds that he will also want assurances the club can perform better in the transfer market and he has already vetoed the search for a new sporting director to retain his control over signings.

It adds how he has proposed a number of summer targets, including Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, and has been backed over the way in which he is dealing with Toby Alderweireld’s contract stand-off.

The Belgian was left out of the squad for the trip to Chelsea, despite having been declared fit and played for his country, but the club are fully supportive of Pochettino’s approach – even if it could weaken their negotiating position over the defender who is expected to be sold.

It adds how the club believe they can satisfy Pochettino’s ambition and that he will lead the club into the new stadium, along with their biggest stars also adding that contract offers are in the pipeline for Alli, Kane, Vertonghen, Lloris, Eriksen and Son in a bid to prevent any of Europe’s top clubs attempting to prise them away.

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