Mauricio Pochettino could still leave Paris Saint-Germain despite the club’s decision to activate a clause to extend his contract, according to a report in The Sunday World.
Rumours regarding Pochettino potentially returning to Spurs have gathered plenty of momentum over the last week and the 49-year-old is now the bookies’ favourite for the job.
It has been reported that Pochettino has informed the PSG hierarchy of his desire to leave this summer but it is unclear what his preferred destination would be, with Real Madrid also said to be keen on his services.
However, reports indicate that PSG have no intention of letting the former Spurs boss leave.
Sport1 journalist Julien Froment claimed last night that when Leonardo mentioned that Pochettino has a two-year contract, he was referring to the fact that the French club have decided to trigger their option of a twelve month extension, meaning he is contracted until June 2023.
The Sunday World claim that PSG might have triggered the clause just to ensure that they would be entitled to a bigger pay-out if Pochettino left.
Another one of Tottenham’s rumoured managerial targets, Erik ten Hag also extended his contract at Ajax last month but remains a possibility to succeed Jose Mourinho despite having put pen to paper (Football.London).
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While Pochettino’s contract being extended might not mean that he will not leave Paris, it does mean that it has now become significantly more expensive to buy out his contract.
That would be a concern for Spurs under their current financial circumstances and could have an influence on their decision, particularly given that Pochettino would likely also have to be promised a big transfer kitty should he arrive.
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