Mauricio Pochettino has said he would rather work on a farm than ever manage Arsenal.

The Argentine says there is no way he could ever work for a direct rival of a side he’s already managed – which throws Barcelona in to the mix following his stint at Espanyol, however slightly worryingly he won’t rule out managing Real Madrid one day.

It’s looking increasingly likely that the Champions League holders will part ways with club legend Zinedine Zidane as a disastrous season goes from bad to worse following this weeks Copa Del Rey exit ,so Pochettino’s loyalty to Tottenham could soon be put to the test.

“You never know what will happen in football,’ said Pochettino, before stating the sides he could definitely rule out. “I am never going to be manager of Barcelona or Arsenal because I am so identified with Tottenham and Espanyol. I grew up with Newell’s Old Boys and will never manage [their rivals] Rosario Central. ‘That is my decision. I prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than in some places.’

On the possibility of him leaving Tottenham, Pochettino did reiterate his current commitment to Spurs. He said: “My commitment is massive in this club. I am working like I will be here for ever. But you never know. It is a lot of rumours. Tomorrow [chairman] Daniel Levy could have a bad night and say, “Oh I am going to sack Mauricio”. And then I look stupid saying I am not going to work in one place or another. ‘It is a very unstable situation. It’s not only you. It’s the results, the ideas, the chairman…”

Words to endear him further to the Spurs faithful. There is no doubt his commitment to the cause right now but his words cover all eventualities. It will be a battle to hold on to him but I think he will want to see this through, and for sure play a part in the opening the new stadium but as he says you never know in football.

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