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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Mauricio Pochettino dismisses Real Madrid link as he is 'happy' at Tottenham

Germany coach Joachim Low also rules himself out of contention to be man to replace Zinedine Zidane

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is happy at the London club. Dylan Martinez / Reuters 
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is happy at the London club. Dylan Martinez / Reuters 

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has brushed off speculation linking him to Real Madrid and insisted he is happy at White Hart Lane.

The Spanish giants are hunting for a new manager after Zinedine Zidane quit this week following Saturday's 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool.

Pochettino, in Spain for the launch of his book 'A New World', signed a new five-year deal at Tottenham last month but has been installed as the favourite to replace Zidane at the Bernabeu.

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Pochettino told AS: "I take it naturally, it does not affect me at all, I am involved in a spectacular project where the motivation is tremendous. I renewed my contract recently for another five years, I am happy and I am happy that people at Tottenham are happy with me.

"I live in the present, that is the most important thing. I enjoy what is happening and what has to be will be."

Germany World Cup winning-coach Joachim Low, who last month signed a contract extension until 2022, ruled himself out of contention to succeed Zidane.

He said at a press conference: "I can complete rule that out, that is not an issue.

"Real Madrid will certainly find a very good replacement for Zinedine Zidane. But I am at the World Cup now."