According to the Daily Star Sunday Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to offer Tottenham a huge fee to land Mauricio Pochettino.
It has been widely reported that Pochettino is reported to be one of Real’s top choices to succeed Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu after the Frenchman announced his shock departure this week just days after leading Los Blancos to their third Champions League title on the bounce.
Despite Madrid’s alleged interest Pochettino recently signed a new long-term deal and Spurs have no intention of letting him go however according to El Gol Digital, Real chief Perez is willing to pay Tottenham £45m (€51m) for the Argentinian coach.
The Spanish publication claims that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has demanded the huge fee because he is aware Pochettino is seen as one of the best coaches in the Premier League adding that the 46-year-old will have caused Levy to sweat recently when he hinted that the Madrid vacancy might be of interest to him.
Pochettino said: “When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them,” he said.Although in this case it doesn’t depend on me. I have just signed a long contract with Tottenham and I am very happy there.”
However according to respected journalist, and author of Pochettino’s book,Guillem Balague thinks the Spanish giants are no longer interested, because there don’t want to deal with Daniel Levy again.
Balague told Sky Sports: “Real could see there was so many positives in signing him, not just the fact he can deal with the stars but how he improves players and how he works with youth players as well.
He added: “But what they had in front of them was the possibility of negotiating with Daniel Levy for perhaps a month, even longer, with no guarantees whatsoever that they were going to get him.They know that Levy is a very tough negotiator, with Florentino having been in touch with him in recent seasons.They’ve decided to abandon the possibility of signing Mauricio Pochettino.”
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