‘He wanted me at Tottenham’ – PSG star reveals Mauricio Pochettino interest

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Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi has revealed that Mauricio Pochettino was keen to bring him to Tottenham Hotspur while the Argentine was in charge.

Pochettino recently admitted that he was close to bringing the right-back to North London while he was still a Real Madrid player in 2019, only for the defender to instead join Borussia Dortmund on an initial two-year loan deal (UEFA).

Hakimi arrived in the French capital earlier this summer having completed an initial £51.3m deal from Inter Milan.

He also had the opportunity to join Tottenham’s rivals Chelsea during the summer, but instead opted to make the move to the Ligue 1 giants

He told L’Equipe when quizzed about what Pochettino had told him before joining PSG: “That he liked my style of play and that I would learn a lot with him. We got along well during that conversation.

“He’s a manager I like – he likes to dominate matches with possession and play very offensively. A few years ago, he wanted me at Tottenham. He has a style of management and play which could help me progress. I needed a coach who could have faith in me and give me the freedom to attack. ”

SpursWeb Opinion

Hakimi would have been a brilliant signing for Tottenham and is frustratingly another we can file unde the ‘nearly’ category with countless other players.

The right-side of Tottenham’s defence was one of the strongest parts of the side under Pochettino with Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier both proving to be more than capable, however in recent years the North London faithful have had to endure the likes of Serge Aurier and Matt Doherty.

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