Pochettino down his dream job for Spurs in the summer

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Mauricio Pochettino has said he turned down a “dream” move to Real Madrid last summer to stay with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Argentinian was heavily linked with the vacant Madrid post when Zinedine Zidane unexpectedly resigned last May.

Heart of the matter

Last year Real Madrid was desperately in need for a manager after Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure after leading them to a third consecutive Champions League title.

But Los Blancos instead opted for Julen Lopetegui plucking him away from Spain days before the World Cup, with the Argentinian remaining at the helm of the Premier League side.

It is fair to say that the gamble did not pay off with Lopetegui being sacked as soon as October.

The former Southampton coach confirmed that Madrid was interested in giving him the job but said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy rejected their approach.

The Interview

“The situation was difficult. The dream of every coach was at stake: to lead the biggest team that exists,” Pochettino said to El Pais.

“And you must say no. That is momentous. It creates a conflict. Because you know that if a coach wants to leave, he leaves. But I had just signed a [contract] renewal with Tottenham. And I felt that I could not do anything.

“Daniel Levy did not accept the offers to free me and if they ask me to break the contract I cannot accept it because I cannot behave like that.

“If my chairman thinks I’m going to continue, I’m not going to run off. Those are not my values. Why is it going to be good for a club to sign a coach who violates his commitments?”

What’s Next?

The Argentine has done a fantastic job by taking Spurs all the way to the finals of the Champions League at least, especially considering that he was not able to spend any money during the course of the season makes the achievement even more special.

Pochettino has indicated he would consider leaving Spurs if they won the Champions League. Spurs will play Liverpool in the final of UEFA Champions League.


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