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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 November 2018

Tottenham manager Pochettino ‘not going anywhere’ amid reported interest from Barcelona

Tottenham Hotspur's executive chairman Daniel Levy has said manager Mauricio Pochettino would be staying at the club next season.
Mauricio Pochettino guided Tottenham Hotspur to a second-place finish in the Premier League this season. Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images
Mauricio Pochettino guided Tottenham Hotspur to a second-place finish in the Premier League this season. Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur’s executive chairman Daniel Levy has said manager Mauricio Pochettino would be staying at the club next season.

The Argentine’s future has been the subject of speculation after Spurs secured second place in the Premier League behind champions Chelsea, with Barcelona and Inter Milan reported to be among those interested.

But Levy responded swiftly when asked about Pochettino’s future by reporters in Hong Kong, where Tottenham will play a friendly on Friday.

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“Is he going somewhere?” Levy said, pointing to Pochettino who happened to be sitting in the front row at a news conference called to announce a new shirt sponsorship deal with Hong Kong-based life insurance giant AIA.

“Look he’s here. Sitting right with us here,” Levy said. “I’m sure he’s not going anywhere. He loves us.”

Pochettino, 45, started his managerial career in Spain with Primera Liga club Espanyol, for whom he also played as a central defender, and then at Premier League side Southampton.

Pochettino last week had guaranteed that he would be at the club next season, adding he could not leave in any case because “there is no buyout clause in my contract”.

“I will stay here next season,” Pochettino said before Tottenham’s 6-1 victory over Leicester City a week ago.

“There are many rumours, but I am committed with the club, no reason to leave the club. I will be here for pre-season on July 3. Don’t worry.”

Tottenham will play newly crowned Hong Kong champions Kitchee SC on Friday night and their fans in the southern Chinese city will see a full-strength squad featuring players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris.

* Agence France-Presse

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