Mauricio Pochettino may have fallen short in his quest for Premier League glory, yet his Tottenham side are guaranteed to be playing Champions League football next season; the Argentinian is in the process of building the most exciting Spurs team of the Premier League era.
Deservedly hailed as one of the best managers in European football, a number of top clubs began expressing an interest in the Argentinian, with Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain amongst the interested parties. Today Tottenham Hotspur eliminated the prospect of Poch poaching, putting their boss’ pen to paper in a deal that will keep him at the club until 2021.
BREAKING: Mauricio has signed a contract extension committing his future to the Club as Manager until 2021. pic.twitter.com/0gifUu1C7O
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 12, 2016
The Argentinian – who famously brought down Michael Owen for a penalty in the 2002 World Cup – still had three years to run on his previous deal at White Hart Lane, but has signed a five-year extension as a reward for inspiring Spurs’ title push this season.
Pochettino’s men are now holding on to second place, two points above rivals Arsenal and can record their most successful Premier League campaign with a win over Newcastle at the weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino: Has won 38 of his 75 Premier League matches as Spurs manager (50.7%) https://t.co/VdqGoZsQVj
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 12, 2016
“It was an easy decision for my coaching staff and I because we can feel the appreciation of everyone here. There is no better place to be right now.
“This club has all the ingredients to continue to challenge at the very top in the Premier League and in Europe and we want to be here to be a part of what I believe will be a special period in the club’s history.”
Despite expressing his joy at signing a new deal with Spurs, Pochettino still harbours dreams of managing a ‘Top European club’, after admitting that returning to Paris Saint-Germain remains his ambition – he would love to manage the French champions.
Despite his clear aspirations to manage Paris Saint Germain, Pochettino has now committed his future to the North-London for the next half the decade, but is yet to rule out eventually returning to the club he captained during his time in Paris as a player:
“I’ve always said that I would be pleased to join a great club like PSG,”
“Come to Paris? I hope so. It is true that it would please me. It’s part of my dreams. I try to watch all their matches, especially in the Champions League.”
The 44-year-old spent three years with the French champions during his playing career, making over 90 appearances.
After PSG’s timid Champions League exit, Laurent Blanc’s future is far from secure in the French capital, Pochettino’s comments will certainly have raised a few eyebrows within the PSG hierarchy, but they now seem unlikely to land their former defender.
The Argentinian has frequently provoked speculation about his future, potentially prompting Daniel Levy to shackle the coach for Tottenham’s foreseeable future.
Had Mauricio Pochettino been treating Tottenham in the same manner as Southampton up to the point of signing his new deal – just another stepping stone in his career?
It would appear that no matter what Poch achieves during his tenure at White Heart Lane, he is always willing to entertain speculation about his future. The top job in Ligue 1 is clearly on his bucket list and you wouldn’t expect it to be long before PSG inquire about the former Parisian’s managerial services.
Under contract or not – if money is no object, buyout clauses can be broken.