Mauricio Pochettino has committed his immediate future to Tottenham after he was named as the early favourite to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
The Argentine coach signed a new five-year contract just over a week ago but was immediately linked with the vacant position following the shock resignation of Zidane on Thursday.
Quoted by Eurosport from his press conference in Barcelona at the launch of his “Brave New World” book Pochettino said: “When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen”.”
However Pochettino went on to distance himself from the rumours, more or less re-affirming his commitment to Spurs by saying: “I have just signed a long contract with Tottenham and I am very happy here.”
There was rumour that Pochettino’s contract with Spurs included a clause that would allow him to leave in the instance of an offer from Real, however, reports on Friday suggested this is not the case.
Pochettino added: “I am happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we are growing together. Right now I want to focus on planning for next season and keep out of all the things that are being said. There will be lots of rumours, lots of things said, but I have no news from Real Madrid.
He added: “I’m working very comfortably at Tottenham and it’s my obligation to focus on that. I do not want, nor can I, comment on Zidane going but what he has done is undoubtedly very big: no one has won three Champions Leagues in a row recently.”
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