Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he has received a number of offers to leave Tottenham Hotspur to take up a managerial role elsewhere.
The Argentine was speaking at the club’s pre-match conference ahead of the North London derby against Arsenal and appeared in a slightly more jovial mood than he has in front of the press in quite some time.
Pochettino is now in his sixth season at Spurs after joining the club from Southampton in 2014 and has helped to transform the fortunes of his current employer.
The 47-year-old also revealed that chairman Daniel Levy only knows about some of the offers which have been proposed to him but there are no grounds for concern after insisting that he has never come close to leaving.
Pochettino revealed that it is normal for managers to receive offers but also reinforced his commitment to the cause in N17.
“Yes, I have had plenty [of offers to leave],” Pochettino told the Evening Standard.
“Plenty in five years and Daniel knows about some – but not all!
“If you ask [Pep] Guardiola, if you ask [Jurgen] Klopp, if you so ask the best managers… For sure Guardiola is working in City and receives a call from a different club. Or Klopp or a different manager.
“It does not make it special to me. You asked me and that is my honest answer. But I don’t want it, so don’t use it to say how good I am because I said ‘no’!”
“[They were] from everywhere. Daniel knows very well how our commitment with the club is. It’s massive, it’s more than what is normal. But it’s normal that different managers [receive offers].
Pochettino stopped short of naming the clubs who had made an approach for his services and instead decided to explain his reluctance to leave while the stadium project was underway.
He added: “No. No because last year when I signed the contract here it was because I wanted to help the club to finish the stadium, to move into the stadium, be sure we are going to move and that it matches the dynamic and not create an issue.
“That was my personal commitment with Daniel. In this moment one year ago, it would have been easy to say, ‘OK, we’ve been here four years, let’s find another challenge and move on’ because always people at Tottenham will remember us very nicely.
“But we showed our commitment with the club and personally with Daniel because we knew it was going to be a difficult summer, impossible to sign players, impossible to move players and we had to keep the same squad while trying to deliver the job.”
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